Sharing Information Across Physical and Behavioral Health – Debunking Myths, Developing Strategies

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Date: August 6, 2015
Time: 2:30-4:00pm EDT

Integrating physical and mental health services requires that personal health information is shared appropriately across various settings in order to promote care coordination and better outcomes. In their efforts to support physical and mental health integration, state policymakers can sometimes face barriers to this flow of information due to federal and state laws, provider culture, technical roadblocks, and other factors. This webinar provides a brief overview by Karla Lopez from the Legal Action Center of the federal statutory framework, specifically in the context of integrating physical and behavioral health care. Presentations by state policymakers from New York and North Carolina highlight successful tools and strategies used by these states to support integrated care, including the development of standardized forms and tools, engaging behavioral health providers in using health IT, and working with diverse stakeholders to identify issues and solutions to state-specific problems.

5 min Welcome & IntroductionsCall Moderator: Kitty Purington, Program Director, National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP)
15 Overview: Karla Lopez, JD Legal Action Center
15 Amelia MahanDirector, Behavioral Health Integration
Community Care of North Carolina
15 Greg AllenDirector, Division of Program Development and Management
Office of Health Insurance Programs, New York State Department of Health
25 Q&A


Supported by the Commonwealth Fund