The BIG Hospital SBIRT Initiative

A Learning Collaborative to Expand SBIRT into Hospitals and Other Medical Settings




An Introduction to Integrated Primary and Behavioral Healthcare for Social Workers

Produced in partnership with NAADACNational SBIRT ATTC and NORC

Description: This free webinar will introduce participants to the key policy and practice components of primary and behavioral healthcare integration and highlight the results from the Integrated Health Social Work Curriculum Project (IHSWC). The IHSWC included the following phases: curriculum development for integrated health policy and advanced practice, implementation and evaluation of the course materials, creation of a learning network, and development of field placements in integrated care settings.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the policy implications of the Affordable Care Act on the provision of integrated healthcare;
  • Describe best practice integrated healthcare models; and
  • Explain the role of a social worker within an integrated care environment.


Anthony Salerno, PhD, is a New York State licensed psychologist with over 30 years of public mental health experience in inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Salerno has extensive experience in designing rehabilitation programs, working with families and consumer advocacy organizations, training multidisciplinary staff in the principles and practices of psychiatric rehabilitation and providing organizational change management consultation to behavioral health organizations. In New York State, he has developed system-wide strategies to promote evidence-based practices, with a particular emphasis on health self-management and family psycho-education. Dr. Salerno was the lead author of the Wellness Self-Management Plus curriculum based workbook that integrates mental health, substance use and physical health topics.  

As a senior consultant with the National Council, Dr. Salerno provides consultation and technical assistance to numerous organizations implementing integrated care models for individuals with serious mental health problems. Dr. Salerno provides guidance to the Center for Integrated Health Solutions on the use of learning communities to promote the aims of integrated care systems, trauma informed care and social work curriculum development. As a faculty member with the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research affiliated with the Silver School of Social Work, New York University, Dr. Salerno assists organizations serving impoverished communities to systematically adopt and sustain practice related innovations.

Moderator: Tracy McPherson, PhD, NORC at the University of Chicago

CE Credit and Certificate: CE credit for this webinar has expired and is no longer available.