Ongoing Care: The Primary Care Provider (PCP) Role
The PCP is responsible for managing the overall health care of the patient. The practice of the primary care provider acts as the individual's medical home, receiving summaries of all interactions/consultations within the medical system.
Guidelines and tools to help primary care providers identify and treat the physical issues faced by people who have a developmental disability are available from the Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Initiative.
On-going care of the patient with dual diagnosis (developmental disability and mental health problems)
Families will often go to their PCP first when client/caregiver are concerned about a mental health issue and when the client is experiencing a crisis.
As the PCP-patient relationship evolves, the PCP role may include:
- Medical assessment
- Medical management
- Proactive crisis planning