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Half the Americans who need mental health treatment do not receive it. CHCS resources can help states develop programs that more effectively identify, treat, and provide more high-quality behavioral health services for Medicaid beneficiaries.

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Faces of Medicaid Data Resources

CHCS developed its Faces of Medicaid series to shed light on the complex needs of Medicaid's most challenging populations. This ongoing series of national analyses provides insights into the prevalence of specific conditions among Medicaid beneficiaries and their patterns of service use.
November 2013 Resource Papers

The Collaborative Care Model: An Approach for Integrating Physical and Mental Health Care in Medicaid Health Homes

This brief highlights the collaborative care model as a potential option for implementing integrated care under the Medicaid health homes authority described in Section 2703 of the Affordable Care Act.
May 2013 Technical Assistance Briefs & Tools

New York's Chronic Illness Demonstration Project: Lessons for Health Homes

This profile from the Center for Health Care Strategies details experiences of the CIDP initiative, which included six regional pilots focused on improving care for Medicaid beneficiaries with chronic physical and behavioral health needs.
December 2012 Project Spotlights

Advancing Medicaid Care Management and Health Home Design: Lessons from Washington State

This 90-minute webinar will summarize the King County Care Partners (KCCP) approach, highlight key evaluation findings, and address policy and operational lessons to inform other state care management efforts.
November 2012 CHCS Webinars

Improving Medicaid High-Risk Care Management Overview: King County Care Partners

This profile tells the story of Darlene, one of the many Medicaid beneficiaries in Washington State who benefited from improved care coordination and integrated services through the King County Care Partners project.
November 2012 Case Studies

Randomized Controlled Trial of King County Care Partners' Rethinking Care Intervention: Health and Social Outcomes up to Two Years Post-Randomization

Findings from the two-year pilot suggest that those who participated in the intervention were likelier to have increased access to care, lower inpatient medical costs, relatively fewer unplanned inpatient admissions, and fewer deaths.
November 2012 Reports

Integrating Medicaid Physical and Behavioral Health Services: Lessons from Pennsylvania's Serious Mental Illness Innovations Project

This 90-minute webinar described the innovative care management and integration approach behind Pennsylvania's SMI Innovations regional pilots, highlighted key findings from the program evaluation, and addressed policy and operational lessons to help inform other state care management efforts.
October 2012 CHCS Webinars

Improving Medicaid Care Management for People with Serious Mental Illness in Pennsylvania

This profile tells the story of Shervene, one of the many Medicaid beneficiaries who benefited from improved care coordination and integrated services through Pennsylvania's Serious Mental Illness (SMI) Innovations Project. It provides a first-hand perspective of the pilot effort which was designed to integrate physical and behavioral health care services for adult Medicaid beneficiaries with serious mental illness and co-occurring physical health conditions.
October 2012 Project Spotlights

Medicaid Pilot Program Demonstrates Decrease in Emergency Department Visits and Hospitalizations for Patients with Serious Mental Illness

Pilot findings inform state efforts to integrate physical and behavioral health services with the goal of improving care and controlling costs for a high-need Medicaid population.
October 2012 Press Releases

Advancing Medicaid Care Management and Health Home Design: Lessons from Washington State

This 90-minute webinar summarized the King County Care Partners (KCCP) approach, highlighted key evaluation findings, and addressed policy and operational lessons to inform other state care management efforts.
October 2012 Webinar Resources

Improving Medicaid Care Management for People with Serious Mental Illness in Pennsylvania

This profile tells the story of Shervene, one of the many Medicaid beneficiaries who benefited from improved care coordination and integrated services through Pennsylvania's Serious Mental Illness (SMI) Innovations Project. It provides a first-hand perspective of the pilot effort which was designed to integrate physical and behavioral health care services for adult Medicaid beneficiaries with serious mental illness and co-occurring physical health conditions.

October 2012 Case Studies

SMI Innovations Project in Pennsylvania: Final Evaluation Report

As states across the nation explore ways to curb costs and improve quality for Medicaid's highest-need, highest-cost populations, the Pennsylvania pilot findings offer tangible strategies for doing so.
October 2012 Reports

Integrating Medicaid Physical and Behavioral Health Services: Lessons from Pennsylvania

This 90-minute webinar described the innovative care management and integration approach behind Pennsylvania's SMI Innovations regional pilots, highlighted key findings from the program evaluation, and addressed policy and operational lessons to help inform other state care management efforts.
September 2012 Webinar Resources

Early Lessons from Pennsylvania's SMI Innovations Project for Integrating Physical and Behavioral Health in Medicaid

This brief describes two Pennsylvania regional pilot programs to integrate physical and behavioral health services for adult Medicaid beneficiaries with serious mental illness (SMI) and co-occurring physical health conditions.

May 2012 Policy & Issue Briefs

New York State Health Homes Learning Collaborative

In partnership with the New York State Department of Health, and with the support of the New York State Health Foundation, CHCS is facilitating a New York State Health Homes Learning Collaborative to identify and share best practice in health home design and implementation.
March 2012 Initiative

Integrating Physical and Behavioral Health: An Exploration of State Options

This 90-minute webinar from the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) explored promising options for integrating physical and behavioral health services within managed delivery systems. Participants heard about new strategies for designing integrated care models and learned how three states - Vermont, Tennessee, and Arizona - are approaching integration from different vantage points.

November 2011 CHCS Webinars

Integrating Physical and Behavioral Health: An Exploration of State Options

This 90-minute webinar from the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) explored promising options for integrating physical and behavioral health services within managed delivery systems. Participants heard about new strategies for designing integrated care models and learned how three states - Vermont, Tennessee, and Arizona - are approaching integration from different vantage points.  

November 2011 Webinar Resources

State Financing Innovations to Integrate Physical and Behavioral Health

Presentation on innovative state physical/behavioral health integration models by Tricia McGinnis at the NASHP Fall 2011 meeting.

October 2011 Staff Presentations

State Options for Integrating Physical and Behavioral Health Care

This policy brief from the Integrated Care Resource Center explores promising state options for integrating physical and behavioral health services within managed delivery systems, including examples of current state programs and critical considerations for implementation.

October 2011 Policy & Issue Briefs
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