The State of California awarded Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) $32,376,142 in funding over the next two years. The health plan will then disperse these funds to local medical organizations throughout the Inland Empire (Riverside and San Bernardino counties) to support programs that enhance behavioral health integration for both IEHP members and Medi-Cal members at large.
The goal is to help provider organizations improve physical and behavioral health outcomes, care delivery, and patient experiences by developing or expanding integrated care practice models. Funding is tied to the state’s $140 million investment into the state’s Behavioral Health Integration Incentive Program, which is leveraging $70 million from Proposition 56 tobacco tax revenue. The program was originally scheduled to begin in 2020; however, due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the state paused the effort and resumed in July of 2020. Projects are scheduled to start in early 2021.
To receive funding from the health plan, eligible provider organizations were invited to apply and submit project proposals that effectively responded to the state’s objective. Eligibility was limited to provider organizations delivering primary care, specialty care, perinatal care, hospital services, and behavioral health services.
The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) approved 32 projects from 83 proposals after an extensive evaluation and selection process. These projects represent 20 different organizations whose goal is to improve an existing system and support access to mental health treatment for countless residents in the IEHP service area. The projects focus on key areas including basic behavioral health integration, maternal access to behavioral health, medication management for those who are mentally ill, diabetes screening for those with mental illness, and hospitalization/emergency room follow-up for those who were treated for mental illness.
IEHP is one of the 10 largest Medicaid health plans and the largest not-for-profit Medicare-Medicaid plan in the country. Its network includes more than 6,400 provider organizations that serve more than 1.3 million residents in Riverside and San Bernardino counties who are enrolled in Medicaid or Cal MediConnect Plan (Medicare-Medicaid Plan).
This was reported by Inland Empire Health Plan on February 4, 2021.
Contact information: Inland Empire Health Plan, P.O. Box 1800, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91729-1800; 909-890-2000; Website: http://www.iehp.org