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Behavioral health integration

Monday, January 01, 0001

CCOs are required to implement activities to integrate mental/behavioral health, addiction treatment and physical health into the CCO model. OHA’s work with CCOs suggests that OHA programs and CCOs could benefit from TA in areas including behavioral health consultant clinical practice; behavioral health homes; care paths/protocols; certified comprehensive behavioral health clinics; medical practice in an integrated model; older adult behavioral health; primary care practitioner role in BHI; pediatric practice in an integrated model; population needs assessment; integrated psychiatry; substance use disorders; screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT); sustainability; team development; telehealth; traditional health workers; trauma informed care; work processes/work flows and workplace/clinic design.

OHA uses quality health metrics to show how well CCOs are improving care, making care accessible, eliminating health disparities, and curbing the rising cost of care. The OHA metrics include CCO incentive and quality measures, of which several are related to behavioral health integration:

  • Screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment
  • Initiation and engagement of alcohol and other drug abuse or dependence treatment 
  • Follow-up after hospitalization for mental illness
  • Screening for clinical depression and follow-up plan
  • Mental, physical and dental health assessment for children in DHS custody
  • Emergency department utilization among members with mental illness

For behavioral health integration resources, see the  Behavioral Health Integration Resource Library hosted by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Institute.


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