Business & Practice Areas: Health Integration and Wellness Promotion
State Integration & Medicaid Health Homes National Council Learning Community
In January 2013, the National Council initiated the first of two 6- month learning communities to support state officials in addressing Medicaid health homes. The state chosen to participate included Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. This learning opportunity brings together teams of state officials and three of the national leaders in bidirectional integration, Joseph Parks, Kathleen Reynolds, and Mohini Venkatesh, to help states tackle confounding problems of integration and Medicaid health homes for persons with disabilities. The learning community will offer a group learning experience in integration and health home policy development, clinical models, and implementation strategies for special populations.
Learning Community Objectives: Through access to national experts and to peers in comparable positions in each state, participants will:
(1) Identify elements of successful Medicaid health home models for special populations across the country that are useable or adaptable to the needs in their state;
(2) Identify the clinical elements of a Medicaid health home for persons with serious and persistent mental illness in their state;
(3) Identify at least one possible financial model for a Medicaid health home for persons with serious and persistent mental illness in their state;
(4) Identify key outcomes measures for their Medicaid health home for persons with serious and persistent mental illness in their state; and
(5) Identify the necessary change in policy and regulations that will be needed to implement the proposed Medicaid health home for persons with serious and persistent mental illness in their state.
Required Participants: States that applied to participate in this learning community had to include the state behavioral director (or directors, if mental health and substance abuse services are not under one director), the state Medicaid director and the state’s Medicaid health home lead staff person. However, other participants were welcome if approved by the state’s team leader.
For more information on the Supporting Integration and Health Homes for Special Populations at the State Level Learning Community, contact MohiniV@TheNationalCouncil.org.