What is the Delta Center?

Community health centers, which serve over 27 million people, and community behavioral health providers, which serve over 10 million people, are facing increasing pressure to move towards models of care and payment that reward value over volume. Safety-net primary care and behavioral health providers are key sectors for a reformed delivery system yet often lack the technical and change management capacity to implement and sustain change. Participation in population-based payment arrangements in the safety net is still nascent—many providers face challenges in building the necessary infrastructure and navigating an evolving payment environment.

To help the safety net address these challenges, the Delta Center for a Thriving Safety Net (Delta Center) was launched in January 2018 with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The Delta Center is a national initiative led by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI), the Center for Care Innovations (CCI), and the MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (MacColl) that provides technical assistance to state primary care associations and behavioral health state associations to advance value-based payment and care. The Delta Center also brings together the National Association for Community Health Centers (NACHC) and the National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council), marking their first large-scale collaboration in this area.

The Delta Center is the first national center to focus exclusively on transforming payment and care for ambulatory primary care and behavioral health services. Care delivery transformation, payment reform, and sustainable learning organizations are the three main areas of focus.


Delta Center Goals

Through the State Learning & Action Collaborative, the Delta Center aims to advance four goals: build internal capacity of state associations, build state association capacity in policy and advocacy, foster collaboration between primary care and behavioral health, and build capacity of state associations to provide technical assistance and training to their members.

About Delta Center Partners

JSI, Inc.

JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.

JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) is a health care consulting and research organization dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities in the US and around the globe. JSI partners with clients to develop flexible, innovative approaches that solve complex public health problems. For over 35 years, JSI has worked at local, county, state, and national levels on advancing safety-net sustainability and supporting more efficient, effective, and equitable health systems.

Center for Care Innovations

Center for Care Innovations

Center for Care Innovations (CCI) partners with health care safety net providers to help them transform care for underserved populations. CCI is a vital source of solutions, ideas, and connections that support the adoption and spread of innovations that promote health, reduce costs, and improve the patient experience. By bringing people and resources together, we accelerate innovations for healthy people and healthy communities.

Kaiser Permanente

The MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation

The MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation bridges the worlds of health services research and health care delivery to inform and improve both. The MacColl Center is a research organization located within the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute that shares its commitment to publicly available practical research. Launched in 1992, the Center was named for a pioneering Group Health physician and leader, William “Sandy” MacColl. The MacColl Center collaborates with a wide variety of organizations; develops practical research, tools, and models with global reach; and maintains a commitment to excellent, patient-centered care for all.

National Council For Behavioral Health

The National Council for Behavioral Health

The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s health care organizations that deliver mental health and addictions treatment and services. Together with our 2,900 member organizations serving over 10 million adults, children and families living with mental illnesses and addictions, the National Council is committed to all Americans having access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery. The National Council introduced Mental Health First Aid USA and more than 1 million Americans have been trained.

A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) association, the National Council for Behavioral Health’s mission is to advance our members’ ability to deliver integrated health care.

National Association of Community Health Centers

National Association of Community Health Centers

Founded in 1971, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) serves as the national health care advocacy organization for America’s medically underserved and uninsured and the community health centers that serve as their health care home. NACHC works in conjunction with state and regional primary care associations, health center controlled networks and other public and private sector organizations to expand health care access to all in need.

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