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States Prepare for the Newly Insured: A Conversation about Mental Health and Substance Abuse Needs

April 30, 2013

Timely webinar about mental health and substance abuse needs sponsored by statereforum and SAMHSA coming up so put it on your calendar!

  • Webinar: States Prepare for the Newly Insured: A Conversation about Mental Health and Substance Abuse Needs
  • Date & Time: Monday, May 13th – Noon – 1:30 PM EDT
  • Register here

Of the 22 million uninsured expected to gain coverage under the Affordable Care Act in 2014, more than 4 million of those projected to take up coverage will have mental health or substance use disorders. On this webinar, after a brief overview of new data made available by SAMHSA, state officials and other experts will talk about how states are preparing to ensure service access for these individuals newly covered through Medicaid and health insurance exchanges.

Presenter and Moderator: Suzanne Fields, Senior Advisor, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Presenter: Tami Mark, Senior Director, Truven Health Analytics

Panelists: Jane Beyer, Asst. Secretary for Aging and Disability Services, Washington State Behavioral Health and Service Integration Administration; Brian Hepburn, Executive Director, Maryland Mental Hygiene Administration; John Easterday, Former Director for Policy Initiatives and Budget, Wisconsin Department of Health Services

The panelists will answer questions about how the SAMHSA data will help to inform states’ decisions on issues like:

  • The mix of benefits and services that enrollees may need;
  • Ensuring workforce and provider capacity;
  • Readying managed care plans in Medicaid and/or the qualified health plans on the exchange for the service needs of enrollees;
  • Supporting eligibility and enrollment for populations that may be hard to reach;
  • The financial impact on state and local programs.

The panel will also take questions from webinar listeners, so sign up to participate.

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