Complementary and Integrative Health Services

Complementary and integrative health refers to bringing conventional and complementary approaches together in a coordinated way. This reaffirms a holistic approach to patient care that extends beyond healing to well-being. It relies upon an evidence base to support both conventional and complementary medicines. This approach is critical when caring for diverse populations. Refer to the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health for more information.

Medical Marijuana – The term medical marijuana refers to using the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts to treat symptoms of illness and other conditions. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USDA) has not recognized or approved the marijuana plant as medicine. However, some states and the District of Columbia allow its use for certain health purposes. States have legalized medical marijuana because of decisions made by voters or legislators.

Sample Policy and Procedure on Prohibition on Distributing Medical Marijuana

Developed by the health care legal team at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell, LLP (FTLF) and NACHC’s Regulatory Affairs Department, this document offers general guidance on compliance with applicable federal laws and regulations regarding the prohibited use of federal funds for medical marijuana services.


This page covers an emergent topic facing health centers and may be updated periodically to be responsive to those issues. This provides general information and is not a substitute for legal advice. Consult with an attorney who can advise your organization based upon Local, State and Federal laws.