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.     

Workforce Policy Briefs: Meeting the Demand for Behavioral Health Services

HMA teamed up with the National Council for Mental Wellbeing to create a series of policy briefs outlining immediate policy actions states can take to expand and stabilize the behavioral health workforce.   

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.

The HMA Institute on Addiction

The HMA Behavioral Health team works in partnership with the HMA Institute on Addiction (HMA IOA) to develop strategies for those with co-occurring substance use disorders and serious mental illness.

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

In The Past 8 Years, HMA Has Helped:

  • More than 20 state Medicaid agencies
  • Over 20 non-Medicaid state agencies
  • All national and more than 20 regional health plans
  • Hundreds of community-based provider organization
  • More than 15 health systems
  • Over 60 CCBHC projects
  • More than 30 organizations to achieve CCBHC funding with successful CCBHC-Expansion Grants

Federal-Focused Services

  • 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, Payer and County Government-Focused Services

  • 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

Services for Providers and Provider Associations

  • 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

Services for Hospitals and Integrated Delivery Systems

  • 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

HMA white paper examines expanding home care value through innovative client and caregiving supports

As the U.S. population ages, non-medical personal care services are increasingly important for supporting Americans to remain in homes, as …

Advancing workforce through Collective Impact

The National Council for Mental Wellbeing (NCMW) launched the Center for Workforce Solutions in 2023 in partnership with The College …

CMS announces innovation in behavioral health model

This week, our In Focus section highlights the Innovation in Behavioral Health (IBH) model, which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services …

Devising a framework for non-profit fundraising

Money is always “top-of-mind” among non-profit leaders, from CEO’s at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to Executive Directors at Community-based …

The role of specialized managed care in addressing the intersection of child welfare reform and behavioral health transformation

This week, our In Focus section highlights the efforts of Health Management Associates (HMA) and partner organizations to better coordinate services for …

Webinar replay: collaborating to improve children’s behavioral health – a comprehensive playbook to fostering wellbeing in children

This webinar was held on December 12, 2023.  Beyond the statistics lie the stories of countless children and families needing …

CalAIM Justice-Involved Reentry Initiative Planning and Implementation Services

Organizations are facing extensive challenges to improve health outcomes and healthcare quality through broad delivery, payment, and program reforms in …

Collaborating to improve children’s behavioral health

Investments in children’s behavioral health represent a critical window of opportunity for fostering healthy child development and nurturing the resilience …

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

Health Management Associates (HMA) has partnered with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) Technical Assistance Coalition …

The Role of Specialized Managed Care in Addressing the Intersection of Child Welfare Reform and Behavioral Health Transformation

Health Management Associates (HMA) has partnered with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) Technical Assistance Coalition …

Improving Outcomes for Children in Crisis with Evidence-Based Tools

Health Management Associates (HMA) has partnered with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) Technical Assistance Coalition …

Early Childhood Mental Health: the Importance of Caregiver Support in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Clinical Interventions for Children

Health Management Associates (HMA) has partnered with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) Technical Assistance Coalition …

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

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