Mental Health System Reform; Chapter II

Quick update from the mental health system and chemical dependency reform meeting.

I’m at the Red Lion Hotel in Salem, attending a meeting of about 150 people who have been convened to discuss what factors should be taken into account in creating pilot projects to test the integration of mental health, chemical dependency and physical health services.  The attendees broke into five work groups to discuss System Structure, Performance-based Contracting, Financing and Payment Methodologies, Goals for Integrated Service Pilots and Essential Services for Recovery.

Through the mass of discussion, a few things became clear.  This is a complex undertaking.  There are many interests that are affected.  There is excitement about change but also anxiety.  Resources and time are very limited for the task at hand.

We’ve just finished up the meeting.  Hold on, there is much more to come.