WHAT IS AN IBHC?

The Internal Behavioral Health Consultant (IBHC) is a membe​r of your primary care team who specializes in helping patients with a wide range of behavioral and medical conditions.

For starters, the IBHC can assist patients with their anxiety, depression, grief, anger, or relationship issues, to name just a few. In addition, the IBHC is standing by to support health behavior changes such as increasin​g exercise, decreasing work or home stress, quitting smoking, cholesterol and blood pressure management, and weight management. The IBHC also helps patients develop plans for improving sleep, managing diabetes, managing chronic pain, migraine management, and modifying alcohol use.

IBHCs work with you to come up with a plan to tackle any behavioral and medical concerns while keeping your PCM in the loo​p the entire way. Together, you, the IBHC, and your PCM work hand-in-hand to improve your overall health and quality of life.

Click here to learn more about Medical Home Port and how an IBHC fits into your Care Team.


FAQs

Where do I meet with the IBHC?

At your assigned medical clinic, they are located in Primary Care!

How do I make an appointment to see an IBHC?

You can schedule an appointment yourself, through the Nurse Navigator or ask your PCM to refer you.

How long is the wait to see the IBHC?

IBHCs are available for same day and walk-in appointments. IBHCs have flexible availability to meet your scheduling needs!

I’m busy. How long are IBHC appointments?

Appointments are 30 minutes or less.

Is there a limit to the number of times I can work with the IBHC?

No, there is no limit. However, most patients see the IBHC between 1-4 appointments for a given concern.

Getting to the clinic is a hassle. What can be done to make seeing the IBHC easier for me?

Visits are often scheduled right after PCM appointments to minimize your trips to the clinic.

Is seeing the IBHC considered going to "mental health?"

No. Seeing the IBHC is considered part of routine primary care, such as seeing your PCM, nurses, and Corpsmen.

SERVICES

    Reduce Symptoms:

  • Migraines & Headaches
  • Chronic Pain
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Develop Plans For:

  • Sleep Disorders
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Weight Loss
  • Alcohol Use
  • Exercise & Healthier Eating
  • Assist with Behavior Concerns:

  • Family or Relationship
  • Stress
  • Depression & Bereavement
  • Anxiety
  • Anger

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