Behavioral Health

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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  • Publications

    Transforming the Workforce to Provide Better Chronic Care: The Role of a Behavioral Health Nurse Care Coordinator in Minnesota

    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

  • State Health Policy Blog

    Using Payment Policies to Support Primary Care – Behavioral Health Integration in Medicaid

    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: Effectiveness, Cost-Effectiveness, and Funding Strategies

    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

    Connecting the Two Worlds: States Integrating Primary and Behavioral Health Care

    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

    States Prepare for the Newly Insured: A Conversation about Mental Health and Substance Abuse Needs

    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

    Evidence-Based Supported Employment and Medicaid

    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

    The Arizona Long Term Care System

    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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  • Publications

    Transitioning to Managed Care: Medicaid Managed Care in Mental Health

    This report reflects the discussion of nine states participating in “Transitioning to Managed Care: Medicaid Managed Care in Mental Health.” The symposium was funded by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and the federal Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA). 1997.Jun_.kaiser.hcfa_.transitioning.managed.care_.medicaid.mental.health.pdf 1.7 MB  

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    May 2, 2012 | Filed under: Behavioral Health, Medicaid, Publications

  • Webinars

    Supporting Behavioral Health for Older Adults: State Medicaid Strategies

    Download the slides (PDF) The special behavioral health needs of older adults are a growing concern for state Medicaid programs. In meeting this challenge, states are frequently turning to existing state Medicaid options to provide cost effective, specialized services and supports for older adults with behavioral health needs. On this webinar, funded by the Substance […]

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    May 23, 2011 | Filed under: Behavioral Health, Medicaid, Webinars