By Monica E. Oss The past few years have seen the move of many payers and health plans to “integrating” behavioral health. Models that have separate, “carved out” behavioral health financing and delivery are being replaced by models that integrate all service financing and delivery in one managing entity. What does this look like in Medicaid? As of January 2020, approximately 69% (50.2 million) of the 72.8 million individuals in Medicaid were enrolled in integrated behavioral health financing arrangements—a slight increase over 2019 when 64% were enrolled (see State Medicaid Behavioral Health Carve-Outs: The OPEN MINDS 2020 Annual Update). Additionally, 31% (22.3 million) were enrolled…
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COVID-19 Risk Management Plan August 11, 2021

We are excited to return to sunny southern California for The 2021 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute at the picturesque Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, August 23-26, 2021. To help plan your in-person attendance, visit for a schedule of events happening throughout the week.

The resurgence of the COVID Delta variant has certainly created new challenges for the country and for our families. Fortunately, the available COVID vaccinations have been very successful in preventing symptomatic infections and illness. But I did want to let you know that our team at OPEN MINDS is committed to making our executive events as safe as possible and have an active risk management plan in place. I wanted to share with you the key elements of our plan:

We will continue to monitor any changes in the CDC recommendations for the continued safety of the public. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to reach out to a member of our team at or by phone at 877-350-6463. We look forward to seeing you at The 2021 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute.

Monica E. Oss
Chief Executive Officer

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