Funder: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Author: Kathy Moses and Julie Klebonis, Center for Health Care Strategies

January 2015 | Brief


Although individuals with opioid dependency represent a small percentage of all Medicaid enrollees, they often have significant physical and behavioral health needs that result in high costs of care. States are looking for innovative, cost-effective ways to integrate and coordinate care for this high-need population. Through the Affordable Care Act, states can implement health homes to provide enhanced integration and care coordination for people with opioid dependency.

This brief, made possible by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Health Home Information Resource Center, highlights key features of approved health home models from Maryland, Rhode Island, and Vermont that are tailored to individuals with opioid dependency. It identifies important considerations in developing opioid dependence-focused health homes, including: (1) leveraging opioid treatment program requirements; (2) promoting collaboration across multiple state agencies; (3) supporting providers in transforming into health homes; and (4) encouraging information sharing.