Using outcomes-based payment for behavioral health services: Lessons learned from Oakland Community Health Network’s experience

Monday, March 23, 2020 | 3:00 PM EST / 12:00 PM PT

Anya Eliassen, Chief Financial Officer of Oakland Community Health Network (OCHN), and Dr. Nicole Lawson, Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operations Officer, will share OCHN’s experience of utilizing an outcomes-based payment model for behavioral health services. OCHN serves as the public community mental health center and public Medicaid specialty health plan for Oakland County, Michigan. OCHN will also share lessons learned for community mental health centers in other states that are pursuing similar types of outcomes-based payment models. Participants will hear about the development of the VBP/outcome based system development; the mechanics behind the system; the relationship with and involvement of providers in system design; and the result of the use of a VBP/outcome-based system in their network.


  • Anya Eliassen, Interim CEO & Chief ​Financial Officer: Anya Eliassen began her career at Oakland Community Health Network (OCHN) as a purchasing clerk in 1999. Throughout her tenure at OCHN, Anya has been promoted to several positions, during which time she also pursued her educational aspirations. In 2013, after receiving her Master of Business Administration degree, Anya was promoted to Chief Financial Officer. In her role as CFO, Anya assumes the Budget and Finance responsibility of overseeing Costing, Accounting, Contracts, and Facility Management. She also serves as a member of OCHN’s Executive Leadership Team responsible for evaluating and directing all organizational decisions to ensure quality service delivery for people through Oakland County’s public mental health system. ​ 
  • Nicole Lawson, Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operations Officer: Nicole Lawson is the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operations Officer of Oakland Community Health Network (OCHN).  She is responsible for the overall service delivery planning and management of Access, Clinical Practice, Justice Services, Quality Management, Service Network Programs and Contracts, Substance Use Disorder, Training, and Utilization Management / Review. Nicole received her Bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Rochester College; her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Siena Heights University; and her Doctorate of Philosophy in Business Administration from Northcentral University.