OUR BLOG

Behavioral Health

(October 25, 2017)

By Molly Brassil, Director, Behavioral Health Integration
and Erynne Jones, Senior Policy Consultant


Youth and their family members who seek treatment for addiction in California must navigate a complicated public health care system where physical health, mental health, and substance use disorders (SUD) services are administered by different entities and often, in an uncoordinated fashion. And accessing treatment is not easy – navigating between multiple health care delivery systems that are not well coordinated can be especially complicated for youth and their families....

(October 17, 2017)

By Jennifer Ryan, Vice President; Tanya Schwartz, Director, Medicaid Policy; and Molly Brassil, Director, Behavioral Health Integration

One would need to be completely “off the grid” to not be aware of the opioid crisis that has overtaken the country. Alarming and heart wrenching stories about the surprising range of victims of the substance use epidemic top the news headlines on a daily basis. The death rate due to drug overdoses has exceeded car accidents as the leading cause of death among adults under age 50 – since 2000, the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids (opioid pain relievers and heroin) has increased by 200%....

(March 29, 2017)

By Erynne Jones
Senior Policy Consultant


Often, the challenge in increasing access to mental health services in diverse communities can be as much about cultural competency and reducing stigma as it is about having available clinicians and facilities. Cultural competency can be a big deal in these communities, helping make consumers feel comfortable accessing the behavioral health care they need....

(December 08, 2016)

By Jennifer Ryan
Vice President, Harbage Consulting


Last week, West Virginia submitted its first Medicaid section 1115 waiver request – a proposal designed to address the state’s opioid addiction crisis. Developed with support from Harbage Consulting, West Virginia’s waiver application is an important step toward gaining federal financial support and technical assistance to build a continuum of care, promote access to substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, and support long-term recovery....