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Ensuring Access To Quality Behavioral Health Care: Health Plan Examples

posted by Center for Policy & Research

on May 19, 2016

Key Takeaways

Mental Health Report_Artboard-01In 2014, an estimated 38 million people had access to behavioral health care and benefits.

 

Mental Health Report_Artboard-04New payment and care delivery models integrate behavioral health services with patients’ treatment plans for chronic conditions.

 

Mental Health Report_Artboard-02Health plans have demonstrated strong leadership in pioneering innovative programs to coordinate patients’ care and meet their individual health needs.

 

Background

Untreated behavioral health conditions, including both mental health and substance use disorders, have a significant impact on individuals, families, our economy and society. Individuals with mental health conditions and/or substance use disorders need access to evidence-based services – the care that, based on scientific research, has been shown to result in improved health outcomes — as well as coordination with their primary medical care and assistance with basic needs, such as housing, transportation, and job training. Health plans and behavioral health care organizations recognize the importance of these services in contributing to the overall well-being of their members and are committed to implementing programs that ensure patients have affordable access to high-quality, evidence-based treatments and care.