Oklahoma Primary Care Association (OKPCA), the state’s trade and membership association for community health centers, is partnering with Oklahoma Behavioral Health Association (OBHA), a statewide alliance of behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment, recovery, and prevention specialists. Together, OKPCA and OBHA represent hundreds of thousands of patients served by 22 community health centers and 27 community behavioral health organizations providing integrated primary medical, behavioral health, and substance use disorder treatment and recovery services.
OKPCA and OBHA are joining forces to accelerate opportunities for behavioral health integration and value based payment as Oklahoma expands Medicaid and transitions to Medicaid managed care. The team will develop shared policy agendas, trainings, and conferences to encourage collaboration between community health centers, community mental health centers (CMHCs), certified community behavioral health clinic (CCBHCs), and other community-based providers. In order to ensure historically underserved and underrepresented Oklahomans have access to equitable and affordable health care, OKPCA and OBHA will provide training and technical assistance on advancing racial health equity and promoting the consumer voice. Oklahoma’s team will engage policymakers, health plans, providers, and patients to strengthen health care delivery and improve health outcomes and access.