Health Equity

Connecticut Office of the Healthcare Advocate

2013 - $85,000

The Office of the Healthcare Advocate (OHA) believes that the residents of Connecticut would benefit from a single, integrated mental health and substance abuse care delivery system, as opposed to the fragmented system that exists today.

Such an integrated model exists for individuals covered under public programs in Connecticut via the Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership (CT BHP). CT BHP is a partnership between the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, ValueOptions and an Oversight Council. Collectively CT BHP works to provide access to a more complete, coordinated, and effective system of community based behavioral health services and support for low-income individuals.

To determine if their model for delivery of mental health and substance abuse services can be used more broadly across Connecticut, OHA will conduct an objective evaluation of the Partnership. OHA is a state agency that assists consumers with health care issues primarily related to denials of care or payment from health insurance plans.

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