Using Outcomes-Based Payment for Behavioral Health Services: Lessons Learned from Oakland Community Health Network’s Experience

Anya Eliassen, Chief Financial Officer of Oakland Community Health Network (OCHN), and Dr. Nicole Lawson, Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, will share OCHN’s experience of utilizing an outcomes-based payment model for behavioral health services. OCHN serves as the public community mental health center and public Medicaid specialty health plan for Oakland County, Michigan. OCHN will also share lessons learned for community mental health centers in other states that are pursuing similar types of outcomes-based payment models. Participants will hear about the development of the VBP/outcome based system development; the mechanics behind the system; the relationship with and involvement of providers in system design; and the result of the use of a VBP/outcome-based system in their network.