Friday, April 15, 2011
High-Performance Model: How One State Improved Youth Mental Health Care By Helping Providers
Thursday, April 27, 2011
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
The issues were familiar: Mental health challenges in youth on the rise, a limited number of specialists, and a primary care community working to fill the gap.
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John Straus, MD and Barry Sarvet, MD of the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership will describe the MCPAP program, its role in supporting providers following the Rosie D decision, and how building and sustaining a partnership between primary care and mental health clinicians can help transform youth mental health care.
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- The CBHI line item was funded at $214.7 million which is the same level as the Governor’s budget.
- The language on reporting requirements for the CBHI line item was included but not in the Governor’s budget.
- The DMH child and adolescent mental health services line item was level funded at $71.4 million from FY11, this is a $2 million increase over the Governor’s budget.
- The mental health consultative services line item under EEC was level funded from FY11 at $750K which also matched the Governor’s budget.
Representative Ruth Balser will file the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project (MCPAP) legislation as an outside section to the budget at the request of the CMHC.
This would act as a revenue stream for the Commonwealth during these difficult financial times as well as a workforce development program.
MCPAP is run as an “insurance blind” program and is currently funded solely by the Commonwealth. However data collected on participants includes insurance coverage. This data reveals that more than half of those served have commercial coverage.
The goal of MCPAP is to make child psychiatry services universally accessible to primary care providers (PCPs) throughout the Commonwealth who can access a team of child psychiatrists, psychologists and/or social workers via telephone consultation in order to diagnose and treat mental health disorders.
This outside section would requires commercial health insurance companies to proportionally contribute to the funding of the MCPAP at a rate equal to the participation of their membership. This will generate nearly $1.8 million per year to contribute to the cost of the program. Surplus revenue will be directed toward implementation of MCPAP in schools where administrators and teachers struggle daily to deal appropriately and effectively with children showing signs of mental health conditions.
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Erin G. Bradley
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Please join us for a free webinar on Thursday, April 14, from 1:00 - 2:30pm, entitled: "Behavioral Health Integration in the Medical Home and Its Facilitation by Health Information Technology." This informative presentation is co-sponsored by the PCPCC Center for eHealth Information Adoption and Exchange and the Behavioral Health Task Force and will feature Drs. Rodger Kessler and Timothy Burdick from Fletcher Allen Health Care at the University of Vermont.
From the Center for Mental Health Services in Primary Care:
"The Scope of a Federal Mandate for Providing Behavioral Health Services to Children: The Rosie D. Case"
Are children entitled under the law to mental health services?
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
The block grant funds will be directed to four purposes:
- Fund priority treatment and support services for individuals without insurance or for whom coverage is terminated for short periods of time.
- Fund those priority treatment and support services that demonstrate success in improving outcomes and/or supporting recovery for low-income individuals and are not covered by Medicaid, Medicare, or private insurance.
- Fund primary prevention—universal, selective, and indicated prevention activities and services for persons not yet identified as needing treatment.
- Collect performance and outcome data to determine the ongoing effectiveness of behavioral health promotion, treatment, and recovery support services and plan the implementation of new services on a nationwide basis.
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Monday, April 4, 2011
Given that this is the month to think on autism, this message from AHRQ seemed worth reposting:
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Effective Health Care (EHC) Program is pleased to announce that the following research review is now available:
- Therapies for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders.
To access the research review and associated products, please visit: http://www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/index.cfm/search-for-guides-reviews-and-reports/?pageaction=displayproduct&productid=651.
An article on this report has been published in the journal Pediatrics. The abstract for this article can be accessed at:http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/peds.2011-0426v1.
Learn how you can personalize your interactions with and share what you learn on the EHC Program Web site. Visit:http://www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/index.cfm/personalization-and-social-media-tools/.
We welcome your comments on the EHC Program Web site! Please use our “Contact Us” form available at:http://www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/index.cfm/contact-the-effective-health-care-program/.
Effective Health Care Program