Policy Brief: Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder (COD) Treatment Coordination Models

By California Health Policy Strategies, LLC

California Health Policy Strategies, LLC, March 12, 2019

This policy brief focuses on the coordination of treatment of co-occurring mental health and
substance use disorders (CODs) for individuals returning to the community following
incarceration. The gold standard for integrated services is when clients experience treatment
as seamless, with a consistent clinical approach, philosophy, and set of interventions and
recommendations from a joint clinical team. When this happens, the need to negotiate with
separate clinical teams, programs, or systems disappears.

Policy Brief: Toward a Meaningful Dashboard for Behavioral Health Services – Key metrics, trends, and charts for California’s 10 largest counties. March 2019

March 4, 2019

In setting expenditure priorities for behavioral health services, county decision makers should consider establishing policy goals that are based on measurable indices. This policy brief provides an example of a data dashboard that may help inform the decision-making process by comparing objective measures and trends among similar counties. The metrics included in the dashboard are …

Policy Brief: Toward a Comprehensive Model of Integration for Justice-Involved Individuals Using Medi-Cal Managed Care Organizations (MCO)s

By California Health Policy Strategies, LLC

California Health Policy Strategies, LLC, February 11, 2019

Policy Brief – Medicaid Managed Care Plans and Reentry: A Review of How Other States Using Medicaid Plans to Improve the Reentry of Prison and Jail Inmates

By California Health Policy Strategies, LLC

California Health Policy Strategies, LLC, January 31, 2019

When transitioning out of incarceration, some individuals face a “gap” in access to healthcare. Correctional facilities provide healthcare to incarcerated people, but there are serious challenges in providing care continuity as they return from custody into the community. Logistical complications, compounded by other challenges of reentry, can delay and/or prevent individuals from connecting to health …

Policy Brief: A Collaborative Approach for Patients with Diabetes – Bringing Together Health Plans, Community Health Centers, and Optometrists

By California Health Policy Strategies, LLC

California Health Policy Strategies, LLC, January 23, 2019

In 2010, diabetes was the 7th leading cause of death in the US with an estimated 25.8 million of the US population (8.3 percent) having diabetes, and of these, it is estimated that 7 million cases are undiagnosed.1 It is also estimated that another 79 million adults in the US have blood sugar levels in …

Comments Regarding Prison and Jail Reentry to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) – Coordinated Care Assessment Project

By California Health Policy Strategies, LLC

California Health Policy Strategies, LLC, December 21, 2018

CalHPS has managed the Reentry Health Project with support from the California Health Care Foundation. Our 2017 report focused on opportunities for improving care coordination and maximization of federal funds for medically fragile and seriously mentally ill reentry populations. Additional work and analysis have helped to further refine our recommendations.

Policy Brief: Unsheltered Homeless in California – Justice System Involvement and Mental Illness

By California Health Policy Strategies, LLC

California Health Policy Strategies, LLC, November 21, 2018

It is often assumed that a significant segment of the unsheltered homeless population in California has been involved with the criminal justice system in some way and/or is mentally ill. There are no statewide data to test these assumptions. This report estimates the number of unsheltered homeless individuals who have histories criminal justice system involvement …

Policy Brief: Adult Reentry Grant Program – Overview and Recommendations for Implementation of $50 million grant program administered by the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC)

By California Health Policy Strategies, LLC

California Health Policy Strategies, LLC, November 19, 2018

The 2018-19 State Budget Act includes a $50 million appropriation to establish a new Adult Reentry Grant (ARG). This program provides significant resources to support the reentry of state individuals being released from prison who need housing and assistance in transitioning back to the community. This policy brief is intended to inform the discussion about …

Policy Brief: Collaborative Courts and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in California

By California Health Policy Strategies, LLC

California Health Policy Strategies, LLC, November 1, 2018

This policy brief provides an overview of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in California’s collaborative courts. MAT is the leading evidence-based method for treating addiction that involves both medication and behavioral health interventions. Medications for opioid use disorder include three pharmacologic agents approved by the Food and Drug Administration: methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone.

Orange County Mental Health Services Act Audit. Review of Finances, Decision-making & Contracting. A report presented to the Orange County Board of Supervisors. October 2018.

By California Health Policy Strategies, LLC

California Health Policy Strategies, LLC, October 29, 2018

In response to concerns about Orange County’s Mental Health Service Act (MHSA) program, the Orange County Board of Supervisors engaged California Health Policy Strategies, LLC (CalHPS) to undertake an analysis of current processes and to make recommendations for improvements. The CalHPS’s team conducted approximately 50 interviews over the past six months to gather data. Additionally, …