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Elaine Maggie, LCSW

Cabinet Peaks Clinic Introduced Behavioral Health Program


Elaine Maggie, LCSW recently obtained her board certification from The American Board of Examiners (ABE) in Clinical Social Work (CSW). ABE is the national standard-setting organization for the profession of clinical social work. After 2 years of supervised training and/or 3000 hours of supervised work and hours upon hours of studying, Elaine became eligible to sit for the exam. She passed her boards with flying colors.
Elaine is the Behavioral health Consultant (BHC) and provider for the Integrated Behavior Health Program at Cabinet Peaks Clinic, which was added to the practice a little over a year ago.

Integrated behavioral health care, or IBH, is an emerging field within the wider practice of high-quality, coordinated health care, according to Integration Academy. In the broadest use of the term, IBH can describe any situation in which behavioral health and medical providers work together blending care in one setting for medical conditions and related behavioral health factors that affect health and well-being.

In an IBH program, medical and behavioral health clinicians work together as a team to address a patient's concerns. Care is delivered by these integrated teams in the primary care setting unless patients request or require specialty services. The advantage of these programs is better coordination and communication while working toward one set of overall health goals.

The BHC role is a behavioral health provider who operates in a consultative role within a primary care team, utilizing and providing behavioral interventions, who provides recommendations regarding behavioral interventions to the referring primary care providers, and who conducts brief interventions with referred patients on behalf of the referring primary care provider. According to Maggi, IBH aims to improve overall health outcomes for patients by improving access to efficient and effective behavioral health support within the primary care clinics.

"This board certification and my role continue to benefit the patients we serve at Cabinet Peaks Clinic because it brings improved success in treating illness as behavior change supports the patients and the primary care provider," stated Elaine. "Habits are hard to break, but a key simple thought change can help the process to improve physical help."

For more information on the IBH program, please call
Cabinet Peaks Clinic at 283-6850.

The IBH project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $200,000 with 33% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.