Kathy Reynolds, MSW, ACSW
Principal, Reynolds Associates
With all of the state Health Home amendments that include addiction treatment being approved by CMS under Section 2703 of the Affordable Care Act, the time has come for addiction treatment providers! In the new healthcare environment, specialty treatment providers can extend services to millions of people who now have health insurance that covers addiction treatment. Many of those clients will be seeking care in integrated health care settings.
As the ATTC White Paper Integrating Substance Use Disorders and Health Care Services in an Era of Health Reform points out, research shows that integrating addiction treatment and health care services improves patient outcomes. Yet, addiction treatment providers face a number of challenges in integrating services, including:
“…needs to define and develop appropriate services, cultivate staff support, identify strategies for implementing change, train the SUD, mental health, and medical workforces, bring payers to the table, and transcend the currently bifurcated systems of SUD and mental health care. On the other hand, as integration moves forward, it creates opportunities for the current SUD workforce to work in new settings.” (ATTC White Paper, Integrating Substance Use Disorders, p. 6)
To help the field overcome these challenges, the ATTC Network Coordinating Office, Reynolds Associates, and Westat are partnering to offer the Integration Institute, a year-long learning collaborative. Organizations participating in the Integration Institute will learn how to:
- Develop an action plan for participating in Health Homes in their states
- Identify primary care partners to help integrate care
- Create an effective SBIRT program that works for both the primary care clinic and the addiction services provider
- Figure out financing options for providing integrated care in addiction treatment organizations
- Identify how addiction Health Homes may differ from Behavioral Health Homes and Mental Health Homes
Don't miss this exciting opportunity! The orientation webinar and electronic application are available on the Integration Institute page on the ATTC Network website. There’s no application fee and the electronic application is easy to complete and submit. (Deadline: July 31, 2015.) Participation is limited to 20 organizations, so apply sooner rather than later!
Have additional questions about The Integration Institute? Email Kathy Reynolds at email@example.com or Kim Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org