Financing Connecticut’s Mental Health System:
Advancing Access in the Midst of Reform
As the need for mental health treatment in the U.S. grows, states and the federal government are increasingly turning their attention to policy reforms that will expand Americans’ access to timely, effective, high-quality care. Medicaid has proven to be an important source of coverage and care for low-income Americans, as have federal block grants and state general fund investments, among others. As Congress considers changes to our health care system, we must take every opportunity to ensure the full impact of a robust behavioral health system are understood.
In the past few years, individuals living with complex mental conditions and addictions have benefited from the expansion of Medicaid, the passage of the Excellence in Mental Health Act in 2014, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, and the 21st Century Cures Act in 2016. All of these policies strengthened our behavioral health systems. How can we ensure that future changes to the financing and delivery of care in Connecticut continue to improve our abilities to support recovery for the individuals, families and communities? How can Connecticut build on the existing momentum to further increased access to quality care?
Securing, maintaining, and expanding coverage and access to care for individuals in need of behavioral health services will require a concerted effort by providers, individuals using services, advocates, state governments, and allied fields such as the criminal justice system and other social service systems. Join us on March 1st to hear from national experts about the state of financing for mental health services in the U.S. and Connecticut. Attendees will leave the forum with a data-driven understanding of the impact of mental health issues in Connecticut, along with a look ahead at the financing landscape in 2017 and its implications for state policymaking. The forum is hosted by the National Council for Behavioral Health through its Behavioral Health + Economics Network (BHECON), in partnership with the Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance and NAMI Connecticut. This event is sponsored with a generous grant from Alkermes and Genoa Pharmaceuticals.
Questions? Contact Ben Shaiken, Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About BHECON: Breaking down policy silos
The Behavioral Health + Economics Network, known as BHECON (pronounced “beacon”) unites diverse stakeholders in a series of forums to examine and advance policy reforms to strengthen states’ behavioral health delivery systems. Led by the National Council for Behavioral Health with our state partners, BHECON participants include individuals and organizations recognized for their commitment to improving lives of people living with serious mental illness and incorporates representatives from the behavioral health, criminal justice, and public safety sectors, along with individuals working in the greater medical field. BHECON has partnered with academic research institutions to provide data and analysis specific to the topics presented at the forums and has curated national data in support of this effort. Learn more at www.BHECON.org.