GETTYSBURG, Pa. (April 18, 2021)—A recent, national Integrated Care Online survey shows 85% of behavioral health and intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) providers have already started or are considering broadening their practices to include primary care services.

When a provider looks to integrate care, they are faced with the decision of whether to buy an existing primary care practice, build a new service line from scratch, or pursue merging with an existing primary care organization.

OPEN MINDS and NextGen Healthcare strive to help facilitate this change through a special webinar provided free of charge through their collaborative educational platform, Integrated Care Online. Launched in 2019, Integrated Care Online is a growing online community and educational platform with timely articles for management and clinical professionals operating in both primary care and behavioral health settings.

Buy, Build, or Merge: Selecting the Right Approach to Add Medical Care Services to Your Organization will take place on April 27, 2021 at 1:00 pm ET. Key discussion points and topics will include:

Understanding differences and similarities between integrated care service models such as Federally Qualified Health Clinics (FQHC), Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC), and Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH).

Learning the pros and cons of buying, building, or merging to add primary care services.

Hear what works and what doesn’t through real-world case studies from organizations who have successfully integrated behavioral health and primary care services.

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Join our panel of subject matter experts as they discuss the challenges faced and successes achieved from specialty provider organizations as they work to ensure everyone received the behavioral health treatment they need.

  • Eleanor Castillo Sumi, Ph.D., Vice President, Research & Program Development, Uplift Family Services, California’s largest and most comprehensive nonprofit behavioral health provider serving more than 30,000 children and family members annually.
  • Carmen Heredia, M.S.W., Chief Executive Officer, Valle del Sol, a multistate nonprofit organization based in Arizona providing integrated behavioral health and primary care health to underserved populations.
  • Laura Larson-Huffaker, Chief Executive Officer, Horizon Health and Wellness, an Arizona-based FQHC providing whole-person care to enhance quality of life
  • Dawn Cottrell, Chief Clinical Officer, Horizon Health and Wellness, an Arizona-based FQHC providing whole-person care to enhance quality of life.

About NextGen Healthcare, Inc.

NextGen Healthcare, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXGN) is a leading provider of ambulatory-focused technology solutions. NextGen® Behavioral Health Suite integrates medical, dental, and behavioral health data into one record on a single platform for a comprehensive view of patient health, enabling a whole-health approach to care. Configurable workflows and reports as well as mobile solutions and digital pen enable clinicians to collaborate more efficiently with care teams and spend more quality time with patients. Our solutions identify higher-risk patients for potential impact on quality and financial performance, simplify reporting, and enable practices to keep up with changes in regulations and compliance requirements. The results are better clinical outcomes, higher quality care, and improved clinician and patient satisfaction. Learn more at and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram.


OPEN MINDS is an award-winning information source, executive education provider, and business solutions firm specializing in the domains of health and human services serving consumers with chronic conditions and complex support needs. For thirty years, we’ve been pioneers for change – helping organizations implement the transformational business practices they need to succeed in an evolving market with new reimbursement, competition, policies and regulations.

OPEN MINDS is powered by a national team of experienced executives and subject matter experts with specific expertise and experience in nine key market areas – mental health, addictions, chronic conditions, autism and intellectual/developmental disabilities, long-term care, children’s services, social services, juvenile justice, and corrections health care. Our mission is to improve the quality of care for consumers with complex support needs by improving the effectiveness of those serving them – provider organizations, payer and insurance organizations, government agencies, pharmaceutical organizations, and technology firms. Learn more at

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