Behavioral Health

View the Surgeon General’s full remarks here US Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, MD, whose motto is “better health through better partnerships,” spoke at NASHP’s 30th annual State Health Policy Conference. It was a familiar venue for Adams, who as Indiana state health commissioner has attended NASHP conferences in the past and is a former […]

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  • Wednesday, October 25th 9:15AM-10:45AM Early life experiences profoundly impact children’s development. Mental health issues and adverse events during childhood are associated with lower educational achievement, involvement in the criminal justice system, and poorer health outcomes in adulthood. With numerous systems serving children, states are adopting cross-cutting strategies to promote children’s behavioral health and establish early […]

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  • Tuesday, October 24th 3:30PM-5:00PM Finding effective ways to meet the behavioral health needs of the long-term services and support population presents a growing challenge to states facing uncertain budget environments. This session explores three approaches that are yielding promising results. Featured programs include a Texas initiative that uses specialized cognitive rehabilitation and substance use services […]

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  • Tuesday, October 24th 1:30PM-3:00PM States, health plans, and provider organizations are ratcheting up efforts to address social determinants of health to improve outcomes and lower costs. Behavioral health and long-term services and support delivery systems also address social needs, emphasizing person-centered approaches to help individuals identify goals, select services, and measure outcomes. At this panel […]

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  • Monday, October 23rd 8:00AM-4:00PM This preconference forum is where state policymakers can learn about emerging issues and other states’ experiences in preventing and treating opioid use disorder. The sessions explore how states are working to: Identify and address social causes of opioid use disorder; Support best practices to manage chronic pain; Meet the unique needs […]

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  • Publications

    In light of Mental Health Awareness month, it is important to highlight that a significant number of children and youth experience mental health issues. According to research, half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and depression is the second most prevalent behavioral health disorder among Medicaid-enrolled children. State Medicaid programs […]

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  • Publications

    Through the State Innovation Model initiative, health home state plan option, and other Medicaid authorities, states have made significant investments to develop and implement payment and delivery system reforms that better integrate the physical and behavioral health systems. Rather than adopting specific integrated care models, states may benefit from taking a broader approach that builds […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently issued a highly anticipated update to 42 CFR Part 2, the regulation that governs sharing patient information by federally-designated substance use disorder (SUD) providers. The rule is timely: SUD has become a major cost driver, and many state policymakers are focused on the integration of […]

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  • Case Study: How Minnesota Uses Medicaid Levers to Address Maternal Depression and Improve Healthy Child Development
    Publications

    Despite evidence that maternal depression is quite common and can negatively impact young children’s development, it is often undiagnosed and untreated. Since the rate of maternal depression is disproportionately higher in low-income women, Medicaid can play a leading role in identifying at-risk mothers and connecting them to treatment. With support from the David and Lucile […]

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  • State Health Policy Blog

    Substance use disorder affects an estimated 20.8 million people in the United States,[i] however, national survey data show that fewer than 10 percent of individuals with an alcohol use disorder and 20 percent of individuals with an opioid use disorder receive treatment for the condition.[ii],[iii] Individuals battling substance use disorder may not perceive a need […]

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