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Serve and support vulnerable populations and establish sustainable financing for your programs—behavioral health consulting

To help meet behavioral health challenges, you need innovative solutions and collaboration among providers, human services organizations, and experts with a deep understanding of behavioral health and access to critical data. 
Our government behavioral health consulting team has the clinical, legal, technical, and industry experience to support your efforts to help beneficiaries with complex and far-reaching illnesses. Our policy experts, actuaries, and data analysts can help you meet the needs of the population you serve. 
We assist clients with the challenges of managing behavioral health, including those arising from substance use disorder and the ongoing opioid crisis. We can help you build sustainable programs that provide your clients with basic needs, mental wellbeing, more stable home environments, and reduced vulnerability. Select services include:

  • Process redesign―Conduct thorough gap analyses, improve business processes, and help clients comply with federal policy. 
  • Technology consulting—Facilitate procurement and system selection and software implementation that improves efficiency. 
  • Financial management consulting—Leverage new federal funding and develop cost allocation plans and rate setting to help clients lower costs and increase revenues in a manner that complies with federal cost accounting requirements. We set rates for residential and community-based behavioral health services and help optimize the claiming of federal revenues.
  • Strategic planning―Create roadmaps to success and identify tactical goals to improve process and outcomes.  
  • Program and project management—Assist with vendor management, requirements gathering, stakeholder facilitation, and health policy analysis. 
  • Waiver development—Develop waivers for Substance Use Disorder (SUD), Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED), and other Medicaid waivers. 
  • Mental health parity compliance—Assist clients with navigation, documentation, and implementation of Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) requirements to support mental health parity compliance. Provide comprehensive or targeted reviews of mental health and substance use disorder financial requirements and quantitative treatment limits (QTLs) and non-quantitative treatment limits (NQTLs) to ensure comparability with medical and surgical services, in writing and operation.
  • Behavioral health data analytics—Analyze, process, and manage data in support of policy analysis. We measure behavioral health outcome and design, plan, and negotiate SUD/SED/SMI and other 1115 innovation waivers. Our healthcare data analysts can help you increase access to treatment services in order to improve recovery rates and decrease the number of tragic outcomes. 

By investing in behavioral health and substance use disorder services, states can improve the health of their residents and reduce the level of unemployment, homelessness, and incarceration. Our team of behavioral health consultants can help your agency build and maintain a sustainable structure to fund behavioral health and substance use disorder programs. We offer guidance on federal funding from:

  • Medicaid 
  • Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant 
  • Community Mental Health Services Block Grant 
  • Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)

BerryDunn’s helps organizations responsible for managing behavioral healthcare mitigate financial risk, improve operating efficiencies, and enhance clinical outcomes. Contact our behavioral health consulting team to learn more. 

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