Online Program

Can Medicaid Make Mental Healthcare Programs More Accountable?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 10:50 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

Samantha Olds-Frey, MPPA, Illinois Association of Medicaid Health Plans, Chicago, IL
We need policymakers to partner with mental healthcare advocates on these priorities to ensure the Medicaid program is responsive to the unique needs of individuals who require behavioral health services to get well and recover.  In particular, they must ensure a comprehensive approach to recovery-oriented care, fostering comprehensive, collaborative approaches to care that allow providers across the continuum to work to improve access to care and services.  Policymakers must also break down the divisions across various state agencies that are responsible for administering the services that help people with behavioral health needs, to create a truly integrated delivery system.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
Describe the outcome measures by which Medicaid administrators can reward insurers’ oversight of mental healthcare.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am executive director of the IL Assoc. of Medicaid Health Plans. Prior to joining the association, I was Speaker Michael J. Madigan’s Human Services & Medicaid budget analyst. During my tenure on the Speaker’s staff, I helped negotiate and craft the Medicaid Reform Act of 2010, the $2.7 billion Medicaid reform package known as the SMART Act of 2012, and the Medicaid Expansion package authorized by the Affordable Care Act in 2013.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.