Paths Toward Sustainable State and County Systems of Care

July 10, 2021 | NWI

Citation: Holt, W., Hahn, T., Ireland, A., Daley, T., & Rosenblatt, A. (2021). Paths Toward Sustainable State and County Systems of Care. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research. [Online First.]

Abstract: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI) Cooperative Agreements support the development of children’s systems of care (SOCs). The National Evaluation of CMHI interviewed representatives from Mental Health Authorities (MHA) and Medicaid agencies in 25 state, county, and municipal jurisdictions in the FY13 and FY14 grant cohorts in grant years 2 and 4. This paper analyzes funding for five services (wraparound planning; intensive care coordination; family peer support; youth peer support; and flexible funding) that are a core part of SOCs, and grantee descriptions of sustainability strategies and challenges. The analysis found that, of the five pathways described in the literature: securing Medicaid coverage; obtaining state MH system funding; braiding funding with other child-serving systems; modifying payment structures to support workforce development; and redeploying funds from higher cost to lower cost services, grantees most frequently used Medicaid coverage, often combined with MHA funding.