State Behavioral Health Agencies (SBHAs) provide mental health services to over 7.7 million clients at a cost of $44 billion annually. While Medicaid pays for over half of these services, many states pay up to $22 billion through various funding resources such as SAMHSA block grants, state and local government funds, and other non-Medicaid funding mechanisms. This SAMHSA-sponsored webinar features a presentation by Dr. David Mancuso, Director of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services’ Research and Data Analysis Division, on the importance of integrating information from SBHAs with Medicaid claims data to better understand how to improve the delivery of behavioral health services across various systems. Dr. Mancuso explains his experience with securely linking data and discusses how developing integrated analytic data systems can be used as a highly strategic asset to inform policy and improve service delivery.

The webinar builds upon a SAMHSA-funded collaborative project with AcademyHealth, NRI, and the National Council for Behavioral Health.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Learn about the reasons for developing integrated analytic data systems
  • Understand the legal framework for data integration
  • Examine analytic use cases on topics such as:
    • Medical cost offsets
    • Social determinants
    • Adverse childhood experiences
  • Introduce various resources for linking records  from multiple data systems
  • Provide lessons learned from past projects using integrated state behavioral health and Medicaid data

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