Behavioral Health

Integrated behavioral health and primary care occurs when behavioral health specialty and general medical care providers work collaboratively to address patients’ physical and behavioral health needs. Federal community health centers are uniquely positioned to partner with the community mental health system to deliver integrated care, and to address behavioral health issues as part of a […]

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  • This brief discusses the hurdles states face in better managing behavioral health pharmaceuticals. In recent years, increases in cost and shifts in utilization are making psychotropic medicines one of the largest cost centers for Medicaid pharmacy programs. medicaid_behavioral_benefit.pdf 668.2 KB  

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    April 17, 2009 | Filed under: Behavioral Health
  • Publications

    This report looks at eight key findings of a group of state policy makers and other experts convened to discuss their experience in operating an Early Warning System (EWS) or a similar system. An EWS uses a limited set of measures and administrative processes to oversee the managed care behavioral health system and provide real-time, […]

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  • Publications

    This brief highlights opportunities for programmatic improvement in the delivery of mental health services for children in SCHIP. The brief examines strategies and challenges faced by three state SCHIP programs. Each state reports successful approaches to managing the delivery of mental health services for the SCHIP population. Mental Health Access in SCHIP Programs 363.5 KB […]

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    April 2, 2009 | Filed under: Behavioral Health, Children's Health, Publications
  • Publications

    This report examines both why and how state Medicaid programs can support children’s healthy mental development and includes a discussion of how states can use Medicaid to better support young children’s social/emotional development even in the current economic climate. It includes specific strategies Medicaid agencies can use (and have used) to support young children’s healthy […]

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    March 30, 2009 | Filed under: Behavioral Health, Publications
  • This brief summarizes presentations made at NASHP’s 2004 annual state health policy conference during a session on “Promoting Young Children’s Healthy Mental Development.” The session focused on the evidence base, state program highlights, a discussion of the ABCD program, and ways to use the Medicaid program to better support early childhood social and emotional development. […]

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    March 30, 2009 | Filed under: Behavioral Health, Medicaid
  • Publications

    This paper examines issues related to screening children for developmental disabilities and problems. It examines the ways in which screening tools differ from one another and the challenges that are often faced by those working to integrate screening tools in medical practices. The paper is designed to provide states with a framework for evaluating developmental […]

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    March 30, 2009 | Filed under: Behavioral Health, Publications
  • Publications

    This report examines how states are addressing the healthy mental development of children ages birth to 3 and is based on a survey of Medicaid, maternal and child health, and children’s mental health agencies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report addresses critical issues confronting states, common approaches to addressing them, […]

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    March 30, 2009 | Filed under: Behavioral Health, Medicaid, Publications
  • Behavioral Health

    Behavioral health services–encompassing mental health and substance abuse services–are a critical need for many in the Medicaid population. NASHP studies state efforts to improve the quality and effectiveness of Medicaid mental health and addiction services. We have worked with partners such as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Centers for Medicare […]

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    February 10, 2009 | Filed under: Behavioral Health
  • Publications

    The five states that participated in the second Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD II) Consortium were successful in improving child development services, increasing the rate of identification of children in need of developmental services, and improving the likelihood that those identified with a potential need received appropriate follow-up services. The results of the […]

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    February 25, 2008 | Filed under: Behavioral Health, Publications