Secrets of Sustainability Leadership Series

STAR Center Virtual Learning Collaborative for Peer Run Organizations in Behavioral Health:

Working with Managed Care Companies Towards Outcomes in Behavioral Health

Learning to work with managed care companies is important to the evolution of peer-run programs and services in behavioral health.

  • As peers, we offer something unique and important to the behavioral health system. Working with managed care can support behavioral health system transformation and promote referrals to peer-run programs as a standard part of care and increase access to our support.

  • Current peer programs working with managed care companies in behavioral health are showing amazing outcomes such as a 48% reduction in re-hospitalization among individuals with two plus hospitalizations in a year.

  • States are involving managed care to pay for the behavioral health services of the Medicaid population often served by peer-operated services.

  • Some states are making managed care organizations responsible for creating grants to support behavioral health peer-run programs in the state.

  • States may reduce the amount of money available so peer-run programs are looking for new sources of revenue.

  • Understanding how and if to work with manage care entities in behavioral health can be an important step in sustainable funding for peer-operated services.

Learn how to work with managed care through a free virtual learning community, one on one coaching and more. The STAR center is seeking applicants for this free nine-month program. At the end of the monthly webinar series, assignments and coaching, participants will have the opportunity to pitch their programs to a virtual panel of managed care executives for feedback and perhaps gain their interest in a partnership.

24 executives of peer-operated services in behavioral health will be selected to participate. Peer leaders who are not executives will also be considered.

Once a month, selected executives will meet with former MCO executive and peer leader, Sue Bergeson, as a group and learn about nine domains of executive practice and readiness for managed care financing in behavioral health. Following each session will be an assignment and a 30-minute one-on-one coaching session with Sue to help think through each of the domains and apply it to their individual circumstances and peer-run organizations.

At the conclusion of the Virtual Learning Collaborative, participants will have the opportunity to pitch their proposal to a virtual panel of managed care executives from different companies who can give them feedback and who may be interested in developing a partnership.

Application deadline is Thursday, November 30, 2017.

To download an application click here. Please scan completed document and email to tryder@nami.org. You will receive an email confirmation when your application has been received. 

For more information email Tanya Ryder, STAR Center Project Manager, at tryder@nami.org.