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Social Work and Integrated Health Care

From Policy to Practice and Back

Edited by Victoria Stanhope and Shulamith Lala Ashenberg Straussner

Publication Date - October 2017

ISBN: 9780190607296

320 pages
7 x 10 inches

In Stock


With nearly 40% of social workers working in the health and behavioral health care sectors, Social Work and Integrated Health Care is designed to help social workers understand the policies that shape the current discussion regarding integrated primary care and behavioral health care and their application to practice. While the future of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) is uncertain at this time, the potential for integrated health care to simultaneously improve health outcomes while reducing costs means that despite the constantly changing health policy landscape, the movement towards an integrated health care system will continue in the future. As these changes occur, there is a great need in the social work field for resources that will give both the context for these changes and translate the policies to day-to-day social work practice. This book provides essential information about the important shifts in the health care field with a focus on health care for vulnerable populations, with a special emphasis on adults with severe mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders. As the title indicates, the book provides a comprehensive discussion not only of critical policy issues, but also their specific implications to evidence-based clinical practice. It covers such areas as background on public funding for health care, the development of behavioral health services in the community, and the passage of mental health parity legislation. The text also includes an overview of integrated health care settings and describes evidence practices that are central to integrated health care such as screening, person-centered care planning, motivational interviewing, and wellness self-management. It is a must-have text for all social work students in MSW programs.


  • Uniquely addresses integrated health care from a social work perspective.
  • Demonstrates both how policy shapes practice and how practice outcomes influence policy.
  • Helps social workers meet the aim of sharing perspective and contributions from the field with the broad range of health care providers and stakeholders who are seeking to transform health care.
  • Supports major workforce development initiatives.
  • Fills an important need for professional development as agencies prepare for health care reform.

About the Author(s)

Victoria Stanhope, PhD, MSW, is an Associate Professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Her areas of specialization are person-centered care, mental health recovery, and primary and behavioral health care integration. Her research is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Shulamith Lala Ashenberg Straussner, PhD, MSW, is full Professor and Director of the Post-Master's Certificate Program in the Clinical Approaches to Addictions at NYU Silver School of Social Work. She is the Founding Editor of the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions and author/editor of 20 books and numerous book chapters and peer reviewed articles. She is the recipient of several Fulbright Fellowships and has a private supervisory and therapeutic practice in NYC.

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. The Need for Integrated Health Care in the United States
    Victoria Stanhope

    Chapter 2. Integrated Health Care Models and Frameworks
    W. Patrick Sullivan

    Chapter 3. Population Health
    Heather Klusaritz, Julie A. Cederbaum, and Max Krauss

    Chapter 4. The Evolution of Health Care Policy
    Jennifer Manuel and Stacey Barrenger

    Chapter 5. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010
    Victoria Stanhope and Meredith Doherty

    Chapter 6.Health Care Financing
    Peter C. Campanelli, Andrew F. Cleek, and Mary M. McKay

    Chapter 7. Workforce Development
    Anthony Salerno, Jeff Capobianco, and Larry Fricks

    Chapter 8. Working in Integrated Health Care Settings
    Neil Calman, Virna Little, and Elizabeth Matthews

    Chapter 9. Screening and Brief Interventions
    Evan Senreich and Shulamith Lala A. Straussner

    Chapter 10. Person-Centered Care
    Victoria Stanhope and Mimi Choy-Brown

    Chapter 11. Evidence-Based Social Work Practice in Integrated Health Care
    Shelly A. Wiechelt and Shulamith Lala A. Straussner

    Chapter 12. Transitional Care
    Helle Thorning

    Chapter 13. Integrated Health Care for Children and Adolescents
    Diane M. Mirabito, Aminda Heckman Chomanczuk, and Judith Siegel

    Chapter 14. Integrated Health Care Roles for Social Workers
    Lynn Videka, Brenda Ohta, Anna M. Blackburn, Virgen Luce, and Peggy Morton

    Chapter 15. Interprofessional Practice
    Janna Heyman

    Chapter 16. Health Information Technology
    Elizabeth Matthews, Benjamin Clemens, and Jordana Rutigliano

    Chapter 17. Evaluating Integrated Health Care
    Benjamin F. Henwood, Elizabeth Siantz, and Todd Gilmer


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