This Health Affairs blog post describes an emerging strategy of health funders to develop long-term collaborative relationships with their peers to tackle complex health and health care challenges, focusing on a partnership between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Episcopal Health Foundation to advance safety-net payment reform in Texas.
Research indicates that integrated care management strategies such as health homes and evidence-based models such as Collaborative Care can improve outcomes for people with complex, co-morbid physical and behavioral health conditions while potentially reducing costs.
The Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Act, one of the most significant developments in behavioral health funding in decades, was designed to increase Americans’ access to community mental health and substance use treatment services via the creation of Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers (CCBHCs) in 8 states, while improving Medicaid reimbursement for these services.
Through the State Innovation Model initiative, health home state plan option, and other Medicaid authorities, states have made significant investments to develop and implement payment and delivery system reforms that better integrate the physical and behavioral health systems.
This case study summarizes financing and workforce policies that can be used by states to expand treatment access and capacity for opioid use disorder (OUD), focusing especially on medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
The Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) launched its DIAMOND (Depression Improvement Across Minnesota, Offering a New Direction) model in 2008 to change how care for patients with depression was delivered and paid for in primary care.