Behavioral Health

Integration of primary care and behavioral health is a cornerstone of state innovations to improve quality of care and health outcomes, and reduce health care costs for children and adults with behavioral health needs. What are some of the innovative strategies that states are using to integrate these complex systems? How have states tackled complex […]

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  • Meeting the Behavioral Health Needs of Diverse Populations

    This session explores and showcases innovative state workforce approaches to meeting the needs and understanding the lived experiences of individuals with behavioral health needs, particularly racial and ethnic minority populations. In addition to sharing the latest research on racial and ethnic disparities in mental health conditions  and access to care, speakers will explore how Massachusetts […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog
    Tackling the Opioid Crisis: What State Strategies Are Working?

    Tackling the Opioid Crisis: What State Strategies Are Working?

    Among the many issues  confronting new state governors and their administrations, the opioid crisis may be one of the most urgent and complex, and may leave the most devastating legacy. Opioids kill 130 Americans every day. For state policy makers, the ripple effect of the crisis reaches beyond health care systems to impact public safety […]

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  • Fact and Figures: How Medicaid Covers Behavioral Health Treatment in Children

    Medicaid pays a large share of treatment costs for children with behavioral health conditions. In 2011, more than 4 million children enrolled in Medicaid had a diagnosed behavioral health condition. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) has developed an informational fact sheet summarizing Medicaid provisions that cover behavioral health treatment for children. The […]

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    July 27, 2018 | Filed under: Behavioral Health, Children's Health, Medicaid

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    NASHP’s State SUD Policy Institute Supports States to Address SUD in Federally Qualified Health Centers

    NASHP’s State SUD Policy Institute Supports States to Address SUD in Federally Qualified Health Centers

    NASHP congratulates the five states selected to participate in NASHP’s State Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Policy Institute: Alabama Illinois South Dakota Virginia Wisconsin The State SUD Policy Institute, supported by a cooperative agreement with the Health Resources and Services Administration, will assist these five state teams to develop innovative strategies to increase access to and […]

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  • Ohio Implements Value-Based Payment Reform to Improve Population Health

    Ohio Implements Value-Based Payment Reform to Improve Population Health

    Greg Moody, director of Ohio’s Office of Health Transformation, has quietly spearheaded one of the most effective redesigns of a state health care payment system in the country, generating cost savings and improving public health by showing providers how the cost and quality of their care compares with their peers. This value-based cost-savings and quality improvement […]

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  • Surgeon General Jerome Adams Discusses Opioids and the Importance of Partnerships at NASHPCONF17

    View the Surgeon General’s full remarks here US Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, MD, whose motto is “better health through better partnerships,” spoke at NASHP’s 30th annual State Health Policy Conference. It was a familiar venue for Adams, who as Indiana state health commissioner has attended NASHP conferences in the past and is a former […]

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    October 31, 2017 | Filed under: 2017 Conference, Behavioral Health

  • Advancing Children’s Behavioral Health Through Systems Integration

    Wednesday, October 25th 9:15AM-10:45AM Early life experiences profoundly impact children’s development. Mental health issues and adverse events during childhood are associated with lower educational achievement, involvement in the criminal justice system, and poorer health outcomes in adulthood. With numerous systems serving children, states are adopting cross-cutting strategies to promote children’s behavioral health and establish early […]

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  • Body and Soul: Leading Change in Behavioral Health Integration

    Tuesday, October 24th 3:30PM-5:00PM Finding effective ways to meet the behavioral health needs of the long-term services and support population presents a growing challenge to states facing uncertain budget environments. This session explores three approaches that are yielding promising results. Featured programs include a Texas initiative that uses specialized cognitive rehabilitation and substance use services […]

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  • No Phone, No Food, No Pets: Tackling Social Determinants

    Tuesday, October 24th 1:30PM-3:00PM States, health plans, and provider organizations are ratcheting up efforts to address social determinants of health to improve outcomes and lower costs. Behavioral health and long-term services and support delivery systems also address social needs, emphasizing person-centered approaches to help individuals identify goals, select services, and measure outcomes. At this panel […]

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