Promoting Innovation in Financing Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Source: SAMHSA News Release, 11/13/2008
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today announced the creation of a new financing center of excellence. Through the new center, SAMHSA will create a national network of expertise for generating new financing approaches as well as promising practices developed by mental health and substance abuse service programs and policy makers across the country.

?Our goal is to provide individuals working to improve the nation?s health with insight on maximizing financial support for mental health and substance abuse services,? said SAMHSA Acting Administrator Eric Broderick, D.D.S., M.P.H. ?By serving as a source of innovation and information dissemination, SAMHSA can greatly advance its goal of increasing prevention and treatment service capacity and improving effectiveness.?

SAMHSA established the center through a five-year contract for $7.3 million with Deloitte Consulting LLP, which will set up and manage the center. Deloitte, public sector and health care financing consultancy in the U.S., has worked with over 47 states and territories and 80 percent of the largest managed care organizations on health and human services financing issues.

Some center activities will include:

  • monitoring and analyzing public and private mental health and substance abuse treatment systems and major trends and advances in service delivery financing;
  • convening experts to identify mechanisms to foster sustainable improvements in the financing of mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment delivery systems; and
  • communicating routinely to the public about all facets of mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment financing.

The center will draw upon the services of leading experts in the fields of public health financing as well as the services of organizations that will serve as contractors to Deloitte Consulting such as the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, NASMPHD Research Institute Inc, American Public Human Services Association/National Association of State Medicaid Directors, and Carnevale Associates.

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