Washington Council for Behavioral Health & Washington Association of Community & Migrant Health Centers (WACMHC)
The Washington Council for Behavioral Health (the Council) and its counterpart PCA the Washington Association of Community & Migrant Health Centers (WACMHC) serve 40 licensed community behavioral health agencies and 27 health centers respectively, serving hundreds of thousands of patients throughout the state. Though the Council and WACMHC do not have a long history of collaboration, their Delta Center participation—along with an increased emphasis on bi-directional integration through Medicaid managed care in Washington—has inspired plans for partnerships in the future.
Both grantees will support their members in transitioning to value-based care and payment, as the Health Care Authority has pledged that 90% of provider payments under state-financed healthcare programs must be linked to quality and value by 2021. The Council has already engaged its members to prepare for this transition by launching a community behavioral health provider-focused initiative, the Value-Based Payment Practice Transformation Academy, which included 20 agencies from across the state, including 4 agencies that exclusively serve rural populations. WACMHC has also collaborated with the state to develop and implement FQHC APM4, a performance-driven, capitated payment methodology that is already being used by 16 of its 27member community health centers.
Chief Executive Officer, Washington Council for Behavioral Health