Online Program

Research Perspectives on Behavioral Health Policy: Mental Health Courts, Olmstead Settlement, Medicaid Managed Care, Medical Legal Partnerships

Wednesday, November 4, 2015: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
This session addresses studies whose results have public policy and operational policy implications for four national behavioral health delivery systems: Medicaid’s 1915b waiver impacting the delivery of lpublic behavioral health services; our national system of Mental Health Courts; the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System and Olmstead Decision targeting structural forms of discrimination that creates barriers to community living for individuals experiencing severe mental health symptoms.
Session Objectives: Describe the Olmstead Decision as it pertains to public mental health policy development and key consumer outcomes important for community integration. Discuss policy implications of the national Center Medicaid and Medicare’s (CMS) strategy to allow states, under the 1915b waiver, to contract with private health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and public prepaid mental health plans (PMHPs). Discuss population health and public safety implications of a national Mental Health Court operational policy redesign that combines judicial leverages with evidence-based interventions addressing substance use and engagement with services. Discuss recommendations for improving the design of Medical-Legal Partnerships for homeless and low-income veterans with mental illness in the national Veterans Affairs Healthcare System.

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Organized by: Mental Health
Endorsed by: Law, Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH) , Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)

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