The Florida Alliance for Healthcare Value has been selected to lead efforts in Florida to improve mental health and substance use treatment. This is part of a national transformative initiative called The Path Forward for Mental Health and Substance Use led by the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF) Center for Workplace Mental Health, The American Health Policy Institute, the HR Policy Association, the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, The Bowen Foundation and The JED Foundation.
Our efforts are focused on achieving measurable improvements in five priority areas:
The Florida Alliance for Healthcare Value is leading one of eight Regional Employer-Stakeholder Engagement Teams (RESET) in the US focused on these reform efforts. We are leveraging the influence of our employer and healthcare purchaser members to work with Florida’s health plans, medical and behavioral groups, consultants and brokers to transform the current system and achieve meaningful outcomes.
The eight RESET regions and coalitions leading the efforts are:
Now that employees have discovered the convenience and confidentiality of telehealth, employers are including telehealth providers in their benefit plans and searching for guidance, particularly related to tele-behavioral health. The Employer Guide to Tele-Behavioral Health Care, developed by the Florida Alliance for Healthcare Value, is designed to help employers understand the attributes of high quality, cost effective tele-behavioral health providers as they make their program selections. This Guide will be updated periodically based on new information and feedback.
The Path Forward for Mental Health & Substance Use hosted a webinar to give an update on its progress and to outline recent actions by the Department of Labor on Strengthening the Federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) to improve access to affordable mental health care.
This brief examines the state of tele-behavioral health (TBH) in the U.S. before the COVID-19 pandemic, how TBH policies and practices changed in response to it, the opportunity TBH presents to improve access to care, and the barriers that TBH has faced.
The Path Forward for Mental Health and Substance Use recommends a two-tier strategy for emotional health and wellbeing preparedness in the face of the “second wave” of COVID-19.
Given the urgency of the COVID-19 crisis, a call for all mental health advocates to move beyond “best practices in mental health integration with primary care” and focus on the the Collaborative Care Model in their proposals and recommendation.
The Center for Workplace Mental Health, part of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation, offers a number of additional resources for employers.