Monday, October 19, 2015
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People with serious mental illness and substance use disorders are among the most complex and most costly Medicaid enrollees. Recovery-oriented services and supports have been shown to help people with these disorders stay in the community, maintain employment and housing, and reduce use of higher-cost services. This pre-conference will highlight the importance of cross-agency collaboration in supporting effective and sustainable recovery-oriented mental health and substance use disorder services. State policy makers will leave the preconference with a better understanding of how they can support recovery-oriented best practices, improve the health of individuals with SMI/SUD, and how comprehensive, whole-person behavioral health approaches can support broader state health policy goals.
8:45 – 9:00 | Welcome and Introductions
9:00-10:15 | Session 1: Mental Health, Substance Use Disorders, and Medicaid: Reaching Across the Divide
State substance use and mental health agencies work with some of their states’ most vulnerable populations; these individuals are also some of the most expensive and high-utilizing enrollees in their state Medicaid programs. Finding shared solutions to effectively address the needs of these diverse populations is critical. This session will feature a discussion among state and federal policymakers about the challenges and benefits of working together.
Tracy Plouck, Director, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
10:30- 12:00 | Session 2: What Works: State Strategies for Funding Effective Recovery-Oriented Services and Supports
States are using a variety of approaches to support comprehensive, recovery-oriented systems of care for individuals with mental health and substance use treatment needs. This session will explore how states are using diverse funding strategies to support effective recovery-oriented services and systems.
12:00 – 1:00 | Lunch: Aligning Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services with Broader State Reform Initiatives
Virtually all states are currently engaged in some kind of significant system delivery and/or payment reform initiative; these efforts often support integrated, coordinated approaches to care for individuals with complex or chronic care needs. Several states are looking at how individuals with serious mental health or substance use disorder needs can benefit from these reforms: this session will highlight how states are incorporating integrated mental health and substance use approaches into broader health reform efforts.
2:15 – 3:30 | Session 3: Thinking Ahead: State Efforts on Prevention and Early Detection
This session will focus on different strategies states have adopted to prevent and detect mental illness and substance use disorders. Three speakers will highlight state efforts that have focused on prevention and early detection, explore how states were able to implement these programs, and the impact the initiatives have had on outcomes and program costs.
3:30-3:45 | Session 4: Medicaid IAP: Physical and Mental Health Integration
A representative from CMS will provide a brief overview of this upcoming Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) opportunity, which will provide targeted program support to states engaged in delivery system reform initiatives focused on physical and mental health integration.
3:45- 4:00 | Wrap-Up