Access to behavioral health is uneven and consumers often have difficulty getting the right combination of care when they need it. Our focus is on exploring methods that expand access and eliminate barriers to integrating behavioral and physical health care.
Problem Management Plus: An Evidence-Based Approach to Expanding Access to Community-Based Mental Health SupportsThis issue brief is designed to define and describe the PM+ intervention and its origins and identify considerations for implementing it in the United States.
Creating a Robust, Diverse, and Resilient Behavioral Health Workforce in MassachusettsThis report identifies opportunities to expand Massachusetts’ behavioral health workforce, increase its diversity, maximize its potential to meet the needs of all people in the Commonwealth, and strengthen its resilience.
Help for the Front Line: Approaches to Behavioral Health Consultation for Primary Care ProvidersThis report summarizes the results of a study to better understand whether a Primary Care Provider-to-behavioral health (BH) provider consultation model might fill current gaps in access to care for BH services, particularly in the primary care setting.
Behavioral Health During the First Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Update on Need and Access in Massachusetts 2020/2021This brief provides an updated snapshot of the need for behavioral health care and experiences accessing it in the Commonwealth as of 2020/2021.
Opening the Door to Behavioral Health Open Access in MassachusettsThis report and companion set of case studies pinpoints keys to success for organizations to consider in adopting an open access model for providing behavioral health services, and policy recommendations to promote the broader adoption of open access.
Behavioral Health Urgent Care: A Vision for Massachusetts and Opportunities to Improve AccessThis brief proposes a vision for behavioral health urgent care & outlines policy/programmatic recommendations to address barriers to implementing these services in MA.
Expanding Access to Behavioral Health Care in Massachusetts through Telehealth: Sustaining Progress Post-PandemicThis report explores the potential for expanding access to behavioral health through telehealth, including by maintaining many of the policies made during COVID-19.
Summary of the Behavioral Health Provisions of Governor Baker’s 2019 Health Care BillThis brief provides a summary of the behavioral health-related provisions of the Governor’s 2019 health care bill.
Ready for Reform: Behavioral Health Care in MassachusettsThis report & chart pack document & describe the current behavioral health care system in MA & propose a series of recommendations through which the state can achieve reform.
Access to Outpatient Mental Health Services in MassachusettsThis series of reports describes the results of a comprehensive mixed-methods study on access to outpatient mental health services in Massachusetts.
Access to Behavioral Health Care in Massachusetts: The BasicsPrimer designed to increase understanding of the behavioral health care system & issues affecting access to care for individuals with mental health & substance use disorders.
Fostering Effective Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care in Massachusetts, Year One ReportEvaluation of the 2015 Fostering Effective Integration grant program
Coordinating Care for Patients with Alcohol or Drug Use Disorders: Effective Practices and Common Barriers in Three CentersThis report describes the process of providing integrated care for patients with SUD at 3 sites in central MA and identifies common practices that improve care coordination.
Sharing Behavioral Health Information in Massachusetts: Obstacles and Potential SolutionsThis report reviews the primary Massachusetts and federal privacy laws relevant to the exchange of information among physical and behavioral health providers.
Barriers to Behavioral and Physical Health Integration in MassachusettsThis report provides a review of the policy and regulatory barriers that impede behavioral health integration and identifies potential options for addressing these barriers.
Addiction and Recovery Services in the City of Boston: A Blueprint for Building a Better System of CareThis report will serve as a road map for the Mayor Office of Recovery Services.
Beyond Parity: Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder under Payment and Delivery System Reform in MassachusettsThis report explores the opportunities and implementation issues around integrating medical and behavioral health care under new payment and delivery system models.
Accessing Children's Mental Health Services in Massachusetts: Workforce Capacity AssessmentThe report examines the nature and capacity of the licensed professional workforce in the children’s mental health service delivery system in Massachusetts.
Implementing the Rosie D. Remedy: The Opportunities and Challenges of Restructuring a System of Care for Children's Mental Health in MassachusettsThis issue brief explores the implications and potential effects of the district court ruling in Rosie D. v. Romney.