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Technical Assistance & Training: Financing Structures and Strategies for Systems, Organizations and Communities

The Department of Child & Family Studies (CFS) has been studying financing structures for public behavioral health services for nearly three decades and has developed a host of empirically-based resources and tools for planners. CFS faculty and staff can provide technical assistance to aid states, communities, tribes, territories, and organizations in assessing their current financing structures/strategies; identify outcomes to achieve; consider a variety of financing strategies; and  prepare to develop a strategic financing plan.

Resources and Tools

 

This document presents examples of effective financing strategies in each of the components of a strategic financing plan for systems of care. It is intended as a technical assistance document to assist stakeholders to identify strategies that might be implemented or adapted in their own states, communities, tribes, and territories. The resource compendium is designed to serve as a reference and resource as states, communities, and tribes are designing and implementing strategic financing plans for systems of care.Opens in a new window

The resource compendium can be used as a companion to the Self-Assessment and Planning Guide that provides states, communities, and tribes with a framework for developing a strategic financing plan for systems of care. As users move through the process of developing and implementing a financing plan, the resource compendium can be used to identify and learn the details about specific strategies that have been found to be effective in other states and communities.

This issue brief presents the results of site visits regarding financing strategies to support family and youth partnerships. It is a technical assistance document designed to assist stakeholders to identify strategies and approaches that might be implemented or adapted in their own states, tribes, and communities.

The purpose of the Guide is to aid states, communities, tribes, territories, and organizations to assess their current financing structures/strategies; identify outcomes to achieve; consider a variety of financing strategies; and to prepare to develop a strategic financing plan. The Guide is designed to put policymakers and planners one step closer to developing a comprehensive financing plan to support effective systems of care.

Beginning in 1995, the Health Care Reform Tracking Project (HCRTP)  tracked publicly-financed managed care initiatives and their impact on children with mental health and substance abuse (i.e., behavioral health) disorders and their families. Drawing on the findings, a series of papers, Promising Approaches for Behavioral Health Services to Children and Adolescents and Their Families in Managed Care Systems, highlights relevant issues and approaches that have surfaced through the HCRTP’s all-state surveys and in-depth impact analyses in a smaller sample of 18 states. The papers focus on a specific aspect of publicly-financed managed care systems and are intended to be technical assistance resources for states and communities as they refine their systems to better serve children and families.

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