The following commentary is based on the report, The Transition of Behavioral Health Services into Comprehensive Medicaid Managed Care: A Review of Select States. We invite you to read the full report in addition to the commentary below. The possible merits of a “carve-in” model, where medical…
Joe Parks, MD
Medical Director, National Council for Mental Wellbeing
Washington, D.C./Jefferson City, Mo.
Joe Parks, M.D., currently serves as medical director for the National Council and is a distinguished research professor of science at Missouri Institute of Mental Health with the University of Missouri, St. Louis. He also practices outpatient psychiatry at Family Health Center, a federally funded community health center established to expand services to uninsured and underinsured patients in Columbia, Mo.
Dr. Parks is the national behavioral health representative at large for The Joint Commission. He previously served as the director of Missouri MO HealthNet Division (Missouri Medicaid) in the Missouri Department of Social Services and was medical director for the Missouri Department of Mental Health in Jefferson City and the Division Director for the Division of Comprehensive Psychiatric Services.
Dr. Parks has conducted research and published in the areas of implementation of evidence-based medicine, pharmacy utilization management, integration of behavioral health care with general health care, and health care policy. He has received numerous awards for improving the quality of care and leadership.
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