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CHA Comments on DHCS Draft Proposal on Value-Based Payments for Behavioral Health Integration

For CFOs, Government Relations Staff

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CHA has submitted comments to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) on its draft proposal for value-based payments for behavioral health integration. In the letter, CHA applauds DHCS for recognizing the need to integrate primary and behavioral health services, and for taking steps to improve the health and wellness of those living with behavioral health challenges.

CHA’s comments also express appreciation for DHCS’ efforts in the draft proposal to:

  • Allow hospital-based providers who provide services to Medi-Cal members to submit Behavioral Health Integration Project Plan applications to DHCS, provided certain criteria are met.
  • Include screening measures to help facilitate early detection of serious mental illness, mental health disorders, and substance use disorders.
  • Include measures related to follow-up after hospitalization for mental illness, and follow-up after emergency department visits for alcohol and other drug abuse or dependence.
  • Improve timely follow-up after hospitalization for mental illness, as well as after emergency department visit for mental illness and substance use disorder.