Rebecca Boss, MA, Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals, Cranston, RI
Linda Hurley, MA, CODAC Behavioral Healthcare Inc., Cranston, RI
Peter Morris, BS, Discovery House/Smart Management Inc, Providence, RI
Rhode Island was one of the first to receive a State Plan Amendment approval by CMS for Health Homes to serve individuals with serious mental illness. The RI SSA is committed to extending this opportunity to OTP patients. The ongoing therapeutic relationships and regular, often daily, patient contact in OTPs intrinsically supports health homes. To optimize this opportunity, Health Home submission planning meetings began including Medicaid and OTP providers, with input solicited from consumers, physicians and researchers. This workshop provides a planning and implementation outline identifying essential partners, target population, needs assessments, cost benefits, and the State Plan Amendment submission process.