Same day access to behavioral health services
With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, parity, and Medicaid expansion, more people than ever before will have access to treatment for mental health and addiction services through expanded public and private insurance coverage. By 2019, an additional 15 million people will be eligible to enroll in Medicaid; an additional 16 million people will be covered by private insurance. Mental health and addictions treatment organizations must gear up to meet the increased demand and face the competition — they must be able to offer appointments when people need them, avoid long waitlists, and improve operational efficiencies.
Integrated health care & health homes
As the trend toward integrated care gains further momentum, behavioral health providers need to be at the table, integrally involved in the planning and design of the clinical and financial service models. Behavioral health organizations need to clarify their roles in their local communities and determine how far down the integration path they want to go.
DLA-20: Mental health outcomes measurement
Outcomes measurement tools like the DLA-20 allow behavioral healthcare providers to access hard data to examine progress or lack of progress in patients and in doing so, to partner with patients toward recovery. It is an approach that can improve the chances for people with mental illness to live more independently and participate more fully in their communities.