Mental and physical disorders often occur together in the same person and are commonly managed by two separate health care providers. Frequently, treatments for psychiatric illnesses can cause or worsen medical problems, and conversely, medical treatments may cause complications due to interactions with psychiatric medications. Information sharing between behavioral health and primary care providers is necessary for safe and optimal patient care but is often inadequate. This course is designed for behavioral health professionals who work with individuals with severe mental illness (SMI). You will learn why communication with primary care providers is essential and what your role is in improving communication. Through real life scenarios and interactive exercises, you will discover how to prepare your clients for a productive visit with their primary care provider. You will also develop strategies for facilitating communication with the primary care provider, as well as learn common medical terminology that will help you along the way.