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Roughly 75% of States Are Missing Core Behavioral Health Crisis Response Services in Medicaid

Most state Medicaid programs don’t cover all of the three-core behavioral health crisis response services recommended by federal guidelines.

Crisis response services play a vital role in alleviating constituencies that have heretofore struggled to address increasing rates of behavioral health crises, notably busy emergency departments and law enforcement. And the evolution of these services has accelerated in recent years after concentrated congressional and executive actions by the federal government. The three services that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) prescribe are crisis hotlines, mobile crisis units and crisis stabilization units. SAMHSA further suggests that states cover and act as a coordinating force between all three services to prevent fragmentation. As part of a newly released report, the Kaiser Family Foundation garnered poll responses to 45 state Medicaid programs about crisis response services to assess the status of Medicaid coverage and crisis response services. Medicaid is the largest payer of behavioral health services in the U.S.  About three-quarters of responding states don’t cover all three services through Medicaid, according to KFF.

(Source: bhbusiness.com)

‘Beat the Stigma’ Campaign Focuses on Mental Illness

With suicides increasing within the state of Ohio and more children and young adults facing mental health crises, the state and partnering agencies are turning its attention to reducing the stigma on mental illness to encourage people suffering to get help.

Beat the Stigma, funded by the Ohio Opioid Education Alliance, is launching its next round of public service announcements focusing on changing the way people think about mental illness. Early measures of the 2022 Beat the Stigma campaign indicated the program, which appeared on broadcast television, streaming services, radio, outdoor advertising and digital and social media, was seen by 91% of all Ohioans. Social campaigns can help combat stigma and change people’s minds about recovery. A 2019 study from the Rand Corporation looked at the effectiveness of an anti-stigma social marketing campaign in California. The study concluded the social marketing campaign in California increased service use by leading more people to interpret symptoms of distress as indicating a need for treatment. The campaign also includes a challenge at beatthestigma.org where people can go to see if any stigmas they have, but don’t know about, may come to light.

(Source: daytondailynews.com)

AmeriHealth Caritas Ohio Would Like to Hear From You!

As AmeriHealth Caritas Ohio embarks on the Next Generation Managed Care journey, we strive to implement collaboration and informed findings from our partners. Voice of the Customer (VOC) is a critical component that will help to ensure that what we determine is beneficial to put in place is actually what our customers want and need from our organization. We would be honored to have your voice contributing to our mission of improving the lives of our members and reducing potential constraints on our providers!

The purpose of the VOC is to gather insight/feedback from providers related to best practices, communication, and education to their patients related to visits. We are also interested to know what is important that we understand related to your experience as a Medicaid provider and if AmeriHealth can do anything to improve. We want to hear from you and learn about your experiences so we can build strong provider partnerships and promote engagement which will lead to improving health outcomes for our members.

We are hoping to have organizations representing the various geographical regions of the state, and it would be great if we can speak with the clinical staff within the organization.

Date: 6/27/23
Time: 4:30-5:30pm
Sign up here: https://amerihealthcaritas.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUqdO-hrD8qHNYAjWL6bRzHu4kHu4v2fiHA

SAVE THE DATE: 10/10 & 10/11 - The Ohio Council's Annual Conference is BACK IN PERSON!

The Ohio Council’s 2023 Annual Conference will return in-person on October 10th and 11th.

We are pleased to invite you to attend The Ohio Council of Behavioral Health and Family Services Providers’ Annual Conference & Exhibit Hall.

Join us on Tuesday, October 10th and Wednesday, October 11th at the Hilton Columbus at Easton (3900 Chagrin Dr. Columbus, OH 43219),
for a two-day, in-person conference. 

Mark your calendars today; and stay tuned for additional event details and registration information! 

Exhibit hall participation and/or conference sponsorship information will be forthcoming. If you or your organization is interested in exhibit hall participation, event-sponsorship, or have other questions, please contact Brenna Whiteside at [email protected]. 

We look forward to seeing you in October!

May/June Wraparound Care Coordination Training Events

 Register now for May and June Care Coordination training events from the Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Center of Excellence! 

Use this link to Download the flyer. This will bring up the full list of events and registration links. 

Our training events are sponsored by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. These professional development events are FREE for Ohio’s System of Care workforce. If you are not a provider supporting Ohio’s System of Care, but are interested in training, please contact us at: https://ihbtohio.org/technical_assistance/training-request/.


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