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Adm Policy Ment Health. 2013 Jul;40(4):258-63. doi: 10.1007/s10488-012-0405-0.

Care integration in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: implications for behavioral health.

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Institute for Behavioral Health, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, 415 South Street, MS 035, Waltham, MA 02454-9110, USA. bcroft@brandeis.edu

Abstract

Individuals with co-occurring serious mental illness and substance use disorders experience a highly fragmented system of care, contributing to poor health outcomes and elevated levels of unmet treatment needs. Several elements in the health care reform law may address these issues by enhancing the integration of physical and behavioral health care systems. The purpose of this paper is to analyze these elements, which fall into three domains: increasing access, restructuring financing and reimbursement mechanisms, and enhancing infrastructure. We conclude with a consideration of the implementation challenges that lie ahead.

PMID:
22371190
PMCID:
PMC3888027
DOI:
10.1007/s10488-012-0405-0
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