Aligning Housing and Health Care to Support People Experiencing Homelessness: Opportunities in CalAIM
To take advantage of new housing-related opportunities under CalAIM, homeless service providers and managed care plans need expert guidance. CHCF is partnering with the Corporation for Supportive Housing to provide training and ongoing technical assistance to these groups across the state.
Using Data for Good: Toward More Equitable Home and Community-Based Services in Medi-Cal
Amber Christ, Tiffany Huyenh-Cho
Older Adults with Complex Needs
California offers a multitude of home and community-based services to people with low incomes who rely on Medi-Cal for health coverage. Yet few public data exist to demonstrate whether these services are equitably available and used by those who qualify. This paper aims to support state staff, policymakers, and other stakeholders in ensuring the robust collection and reporting of HCBS data.
Bridging the Divide Between Mental Health Care and Addiction Treatment
September 21, 2021
In a Los Angeles Times op-ed, a CHCF senior program officer shares the heartbreaking story of her son’s death from mental illness and substance use, the result of being caught between two siloed health care systems. Her desire to prevent future tragedies inspires her work promoting integrated care in California.
In Their Own Words: How Fragmented Care Harms People with Both Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorder
Susan Anthony, Rebecca Catterson, Suzanne Campanella
Behavioral Health, Homelessness & Health Care
CHCF commissioned interviews with 54 people enrolled in Medi-Cal who are dually diagnosed with mental illness and substance use disorder. The paper and accompanying videos highlight what is working — and not working — for them in the health care system.
Homelessness Response 101
Homelessness & Health Care
This resource guide for health care providers offers practical information about how homeless assistance works at the local level, with particular focus on Continuums of Care and Coordinated Entry and includes suggestions on how to participate in your community’s response to homelessness.
Breaking Down Silos: How to Share Data to Improve the Health of People Experiencing Homelessness
Homelessness & Health Care, Data Exchange
With more than 150,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given day, purposeful collaboration between the housing and health care sectors are critical. This report focuses on ways in which the two systems are sharing data to better coordinate and support clients' needs.
Behavioral Health Quality Framework: A Roadmap for Using Measurement to Promote Joint Accountability and Whole-Person Care
There is a critical need for a clear framework to measure quality and outcomes in behavioral health care. The approach described in this paper provides a testable model for guiding these efforts.
Medical Respite: Post-Hospitalization Support for Californians Experiencing Homelessness
Aurrera Health Group
Homelessness & Health Care
Medical respite provides acute and postacute care for people experiencing homelessness who have recently been discharged from the inpatient setting. This report surveys the California medical respite landscape and examines the variation in programs by program components, funding sources and mechanisms, and challenges.
Technology Innovation in Medicaid: What to Expect in the Next Decade
Investing in Innovation
To learn what Medicaid innovation to expect over the next decade, Manatt Health surveyed and interviewed over 200 health care leaders across government, providers, plans, tech companies, community-based organizations, and investment firms. The paper explore the future for issues like telehealth, care coordination, social determinants of health, and behavioral health integration.
Health Industry Consolidation in California: What’s Left to Settle?
December 17, 2020
Health Care Costs, Payment & Financing
When court proceedings in the Sutter Health antitrust case are finally over, the work of promoting competition in California’s health care marketplace won’t be finished.
New Laws Strengthen California’s Response to Mental Health Crises
October 5, 2020
Xenia Shih Bion
Behavioral Health, Medi-Cal
Stories That Caught Our Attention: Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law four bills intended to improve Californians’ access to mental health and substance use disorder services.
Cracking the Codes: State Medicaid Approaches to Reimbursing Psychiatric Collaborative Care
Health Management Associates
This paper summarizes the approaches taken and lessons learned by the first 15 state Medicaid programs to reimburse for collaborative care, an evidence-based model of integrating behavioral health into primary care. An accompanying fact sheet outlines the benefit in Medi-Cal.
Weaving Together Mental and Physical Health Care Outside the Safety Net
California Quality Collaborative
Behavioral Health, Medi-Cal
Research shows that integrating mental health into primary care services can increase access to mental health care, improve patient outcomes, and reduce health care costs. While many safety-net providers have made strides toward offering integrated services, most people covered by Medi-Cal get their care outside the safety net, where such integration has not yet taken hold. This paper focuses on opportunities to support practice change in these settings.