Office of Health Transformation Update
May 27, 2015

Ohio launches behavioral health system redesign


On May 27, the Governor's Office of Health Transformation convened a behavioral health system design team to begin the detailed work required to improve care coordination and rebuild community behavioral health system capacity. The design team will advise the state on how to modernize the Medicaid behavioral health benefit, develop new services for people with the most intensive needs, and include behavioral health within Medicaid managed care. This work is in parallel with legislative consideration of Ohio's two-year operating budget so that, if the final budget includes behavioral health care coordination, the implementation can proceed without delay.


Summary of the care coordination model

Checklist of benefit changes

Public notice about expanding benefits

System design leadership team

More details

Sick, Tired and Behind Bars


NAMI Ohio with funding from the Ohio Attorney General produced a video about the relationship between mental illness and incarceration. It describes the consequences of not having the right care in the right place at the right time, and includes interviews with state leaders who are working to rebuild Ohio's community behavioral health system capacity to prevent unnecessary incarceration in jails and prisons.


Watch the video 


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