Behavioral Health

State policymakers have a critical role to play in how the Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act (MHPAEA) is operationalized in state programs, including Medicaid managed care organizations, alternative benefit plans, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Now that CMS has released long-awaited proposed rules on implementation of the MHPAEA in these programs, […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Several primary health care organizations (PHCOs) that I have spoken with in the states and in Australia during my 10-month fellowship have established a central referral point or “one stop shop” to help primary care practices connect their patients to community-based mental health and/or substance abuse services. These referral centers can take the load off […]

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    April 27, 2015 | Filed under: Behavioral Health, State Health Policy Blog
  • Publications

    Part 3 in the Transforming the Workforce to Provide Better Chronic Care: The Role of Registered Nurses series. Click to see the rest of the series. Hennepin Health, a safety-net accountable care organization in Minnesota, has begun to integrate primary care into Hennepin County Mental Health Center through a behavioral health nurse care coordinator. The […]

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    December 31, 2014 | Filed under: Behavioral Health, Minnesota, Publications
  • Publications

    Federal and state policymakers are faced with the challenge of integrating services to address both the physical and behavioral health needs of the population. This brief summarizes key lessons and opportunities for federal and state alignment that surfaced during a meeting supported by The Commonwealth Fund of high-level federal and state leaders. Several case studies […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Many states are developing and implementing strategies for integrating behavioral health with primary care. Integrated care improves patients’ access to behavioral health services, attendance at scheduled appointments, satisfaction with care, and adherence to treatment. Minority populations in particular are more likely to seek mental health treatment from primary care practitioners than from mental health specialists. […]

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    August 29, 2014 | Filed under: Behavioral Health, Medicaid, State Health Policy Blog
  • Webinars

    Crisis services for behavioral health emergencies have the potential for significant cost savings by reducing inpatient hospitalization and emergency department utilization and encouraging more appropriate use of community-based behavioral health services. Traditionally, individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis have been initially treated in a general hospital emergency department or admitted to a hospital and then […]

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    May 1, 2014 | Filed under: Behavioral Health, Medicaid, Webinars
  • Webinars

    As states pursue payment and delivery reform to yield a more integrated delivery system, stronger connections between primary care and behavioral health care are essential. This webinar will explore challenges and opportunities to building linkages and care models that meet the needs of patients with physical and behavioral health care needs. It will also examine […]

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  • Webinars

    Or Download Webinar Here Of the 22 million uninsured expected to gain coverage under the Affordable Care Act in 2014, more than 4 million projected to take-up coverage will have mental health or substance use disorders. On this webinar, after a brief overview of new data made available by SAMHSA, state and local officials and […]

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    April 12, 2013 | Filed under: Behavioral Health, Medicaid, State Exchanges, Webinars
  • State Health Policy Blog

    By Scott Holladay March 2013 The goal of evidence-based supported employment is to place individuals with serious mental illness in real, competitive jobs. This evidence–based practice (EBP) is highly effective, resulting in competitive employment at nearly three times the rate of other vocational services.[1] Studies comparing supported employment with day treatment have shown similar results.[2] […]

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    March 5, 2013 | Filed under: Behavioral Health, Medicaid, State Health Policy Blog
  • Publications

    Report 1 in a Series of State Case Studies Arizona began providing acute care services to Medicaid eligible residents in 1982 through the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), a Section 1115 Research and Demonstraction Waiver demonstration program approved by the US Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA). Long term care services were covered under […]

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