The Denver Post (4/8, Robles) reports than in an effort to integrate health services for patients, an increasing number of primary care physicians (PCPs) in metropolitan Denver, CO are providing on-site mental health counseling services. Patients are able to undergo instant consultations while at the doctor’s office. The piece points out how some physical and mental health conditions may overlap. By way of example, some patients who have had a heart attack will end up with a serious depression, or some people may have difficulty learning to cope with diabetes or asthma. Other people who are substance abusers may also have a comorbid physical problem.
— “Primary care doctors welcome mental health professionals, “Yesenia Robles, The Denver Post, April 8, 2013.