Integrated Behavioral Health

Behavioral health consultants work in our Family Medicine and Pediatrics departments to reach patients early and offer short-term care to treat mental health. If long-term care is needed, Behavioral health consultants can be a bridge until you can receive care in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology. 


A behavioral health consultant is a psychologist or clinical social worker who works directly with the primary care team. Behavioral health consultants can help:  

  • Address emotional or behavioral problems like family or relationship difficulties, parenting concerns, developmental questions, stress, sleep problems, loss and grief, anxiety, ADHD, depression or anger problems.  
  • Develop plans for changing behaviors like quitting smoking, losing weight, stopping or decreasing alcohol use, increasing exercise or other lifestyle changes. 
  • Reduce symptoms of chronic conditions by helping patients cope with headaches, chronic pain, diabetes, asthma, COPD, hypertension or irritable bowel syndrome.     

How do I get an appointment?  

Call your primary care provider. Appointments are available with a referral from your primary care provider. We try to provide same-day service, but it typically takes 1-5 days to schedule the first visit with a behavioral health consultant.  

What can a patient expect during a visit?  

  • The first appointment will be 20-30 minutes to understand what’s going on and develop solutions. 
  •  Patients typically have 1-4 visits.  
  •  If long-term care is recommended, the behavioral health consultant will refer you to the Mankato Clinic Department of Psychiatry and Psychology.