Behavioral Health

Let our behavioral health consultants help your organization reach its vision of excellence.

Behavioral health is at the center of a changing healthcare environment, from policy to payment to clinical transformation. That’s why effective strategies for behavioral health are more critical than ever. With extensive policy, operations, funding, and clinical expertise, HMA’s behavioral health consultants can help your organization create strategies that will improve equitable access to high-quality care, maintain operational and financial sustainability, and allow you to navigate the rapidly changing behavioral health landscape. 

As the nation’s mental health and substance use needs rise at unprecedented rates, there has never been more opportunity to improve mental health and substance use systems of care. Our expert team partners with you to address the needs of the moment and supports you in transformation for the future.     

Advancing workforce with Collective Impact

The National Council for Mental Wellbeing (NCMW) launched the Center for Workforce Solutions in 2023 in partnership with The College for Behavioral Health Leadership (CBHL) and HMA.

VBP Readiness Assessment

Meticulously crafted to gauge your organization’s preparedness, HMA’s value based payment readiness assessment surveys six domains of core functions necessary for successful payment reform models.

HMA Grant

Let HMA provide your behavioral health agency with a customized, curated and comprehensive list of opportunities that are aligned with your organization’s strategic growth plan. We do the work, so you don’t have to.

Meet some of our HMA behavioral health experts.

Our interdisciplinary team of behavioral health consultants includes formerly and currently practicing clinicians whose direct caregiver experience makes them indispensable to healthcare transformation and behavioral health services.

Services across the healthcare spectrum.

With a deep understanding of current and emerging shifts in care and policy, our behavioral health consultants are well equipped to provide specialized services for a range of clients, including:



Local Government


Hospitals and Integrated Delivery Systems

Providers and Provider Associates

  • Policy design: HMA’s behavioral health team has supported multiple federal policy efforts, including the Centers for Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program and the development of a toolkit for states for defining and measuring serious mental illness
  • Innovation Demonstrations: These include State Innovation Model (SIM) training and technical assistance for Behavioral Health Integration and State Opioid Response Grant (SOR) implementation
  • State restructure: Improving collaboration between Medicaid and non-Medicaid authorities, or adapting state department structures around behavioral health
  • Policy design: Shifting from carve-in to carve-out as well as new hybrid alternatives and 1115 Waiver design, development and implementation
  • Payment reform: Rate analysis and increases, value-based payment (VBP) design and implementation, and Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) demonstration, prospective payment system (PPS) modeling as well as state-based models
  • Needs assessment, strategy and continuum design: Giving attention to stepped care to maximize access and improved equity of behavioral health services
  • Quality and accountability strategy: Enabling states to improve accountability of provider networks while reducing unnecessary administrative burden (shifting from process to outcome-based measurement)
  • Data streamlining and interoperability: Reducing the inefficient and fragmented data reporting across behavioral health funding streams; providing coherent and meaningful data reporting for states to monitor the behavioral health system
  • Training and technical assistance for clinical transformation: Behavioral health integration, opioid response, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), enhanced referral and other network level transformations
  • Collective impact collaboratives: Bringing community partners and behavioral health together to solve complex needs
  • Justice-involved behavioral health: Program design, implementation, and payment
  • Crisis best practice, and clinical model design and implementation: Including 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline mobile, and stabilization; diversion and law enforcement behavioral health collaboratives (i.e., multidisciplinary response teams); design, finance and effective implementation
  • Public health and behavioral health: Facilitating intersections and population health approaches to meet full continuum of need
  • Strategic planning: Helping you navigate the changing landscape of behavioral health delivery
  • Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) expansion: Application, implementation and expansion of programming such as integrated care, MAT services and crisis programming
  • Value-based payment readiness
  • Program design and implementation
  • Crisis best practice, and clinical model design and implementation:  Including 998 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, mobile, and stabilization, diversion and law enforcement behavioral health collaboratives (i.e., multidisciplinary response teams).
  • Measurement-based care and improved outcomes-based accountability
  • Data development and reporting
  • Revenue cycle management
  • Continuum assessment and strategy: Supporting health systems in determining their role in behavioral health and program development
  • Emergency department utilization: Helping to create solutions and understanding population needs
  • Integration of behavioral health and primary care: Pilots and large-scale implementation
  • Acute care: Assistance with design, operations, implementation and payment for both psychiatric and substance use units

Behavioral health insights

Thank you for helping us make excellent progress. We could not have done it without you. You flawlessly moved us from every stage of formation through a smooth transition. I am grateful and hope to work with HMA again in the future.”

– HMA Behavioral Health Client

Featured Report

Expanding Home Care Value through Innovative Client and Caregiving Supports

Featured Report

State Policy and Practice Recommendations to Advance Improvements in Children’s Behavioral Health

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