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Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

National Council: The Business Case for Reducing Cost, Expanding Treatment for Mental Illnesses and Addictions

February 5, 2015 | Integrated Care | Comments
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The National Council has published two business case reports offering behavioral health providers and advocates the information and strategies they need to make the case for the benefits of effective mental health and substance use disorder treatment. As payers and health system partners such as hospitals or Accountable Care Organizations consider how best to incorporate behavioral health into their delivery models, these case reports lay out the argument that integration of behavioral and physical health is not just good for the patient, but also good for providers’ financial bottom line.

Both cases outline pertinent statistics and detail tools and strategies to effectively utilize those statistics to make the argument that we all know to be true: by better integrating medical and behavioral health care and expanding the use of evidence-based practices to coordinate care, providers can treat mental illnesses and addictions, as well as chronic medical conditions.

“We need a sustained shift from sick care to health care in the United States that focuses on both mind and body,” says Linda Rosenberg, National Council president and CEO. “Using high impact strategies to reduce preventable expenditures on emergency and inpatient care by individuals with mental illnesses and addictions can generate savings that states, health plans and communities can use more effectively.”

The National Council encourages our members and other interested stakeholders to use these reports as a tool in their conversations with payers, state and local governments, insurance companies, and potential new health system partners to demonstrate the value that partnering with behavioral health will bring to patients and to these entities’ business models.

Read the case reports here.