Posts Tagged "behavioral health"

News Flash: Mental Health Funding Gets Its Due

When it comes to government funding for mental health services, there’s good news and some bad news.

The good news is that the federal government is putting its money where its mouth is. President Obama recently announced that the administration is proposing for 2017 the expenditure of $500 million for a series of two-year mental health initiatives and $1.1 billion for new addiction treatment, prevention and recovery programs.

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Technology and Behavioral Health: The Time Is Now

Defining the Role of Technology in Behavioral Health Thanks to the myriad of new technologies entering the market, the opportunity to revolutionize health care delivery as we know it today is great! However, how do we know what really works and where to start prioritizing our efforts? As expanding access holds great potential to improve outcomes, we must include the use of mobile technologies in how we think about service-delivery models. The answer lies in Beacon Health Options’ new technology strategy: identifying specific areas and capabilities of focus. A rush to develop solutions Over the last decade, there has been an explosion of new technology solutions for promoting physical and mental health. These new solutions have included web- and mobile-based…

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A Different Kind of Home under Construction: Behavioral Health Homes for the Seriously Mentally Ill

Over the past few years, health care reform has been buzzing with discussions about health homes. This new way of delivering health care is generating much enthusiasm among policymakers, payers, and practitioners. The goal, after all, is laudable: higher quality and lower cost, integrated care for more people. How do we provide care for our sickest patients at a cost we can bear? What does it mean to truly integrate care? At Beacon Health Options, we had the opportunity to apply our behavioral health expertise in support of this movement when we won a contract as the administrative services organization (ASO) for behavioral health homes in Connecticut. This contract was different work than what we had done before, and with…

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