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Gettysburg, Pa. (April 13, 2023) OPEN MINDS announced today an upcoming webinar scheduled for May 17th from noon – 1 p.m. EST.

The virtual live webinar discussion entitled: Stronger Together: How Behavioral Health Providers are Rethinking the Competition to Form Provider-Led, Integrated Clinical Delivery Systems of Care will feature COPA Health’s CEO Dr. Shar Najafi-Piper and Alera Health’s CEO Mike Rhoades in an engaging discussion about the importance of behavioral health organizational leadership in leading collaborative partnerships to form clinically integrated systems of care for competitive advantage.

“Why wait for the health plan to contact you,” says Mike Rhoades, CEO of Alera Health. “Behavioral health providers with their long history of serving complex needs consumers and addressing their medical, social and behavioral health needs are primed to be in the driver’s seat for forming collaborative relationships to drive value-based contracting.”

Health Plans are narrowing their networks and targeting valued based contracting for whole person care service delivery. Comprehensive provider systems that include medical and behavioral expertise across a continuum of service delivery options are best suited to deliver on this value. “Clinically integrated systems of care leverage multiple providers with varied expertise and shared resources to offer a narrow comprehensive network that can’t be offered by a single agency,” says Carol Clayton, PHD, Senior Consultant with OPEN MINDS. “Most behavioral health organizations are too small on their own to invest in the infrastructure needed to accept value-based arrangements or to have enough referral volume to make the investment worthwhile. However, they are well suited to lead collaborative efforts to build comprehensive clinically integrated networks to offer a value-based system of care to health plans and increase their capacity and competitive edge through collaborative partnerships.”

In this webinar, you will hear about:

  • Who are the key partners in a clinically integrated network
  • How to establish trust and build collaborations with non behavioral health providers
  • The importance of behavioral health providers leading the effort to promote clinical integration and collaboration
  • One agency’s success with leading a collaborative effort to form a clinically integrated network and the competitive edge gained as a result

Join us on May 17th, 2023 from noon – 1 p.m. EST to learn more about how you can activate a collaborative engagement and gain competitive advantage for your agency.

Register Today!

About Alera Health (Formerly Blaze Advisors)

Alera Health assembles and manages Integrated Systems of Care (ISCs) for patients with primary and secondary behavioral health issues. With over 3M lives across 15 “ONEcare©” networks nationwide, Alera Health supports behavioral health, primary care, and social care providers manage a seamless and accountable continuum of care, enabling patients to share their story just once. Leveraging our proprietary Care Optimization System©, ONEcare providers receive “care alerts” that improve disease detection, anticipate crisis, and enhance patient engagement. ONEcare networks have improved timely access by 10X and reduced unnecessary inpatient utilization by up to 50%, earning millions in incentives for ONEcare participants.


OPEN MINDS is a national market intelligence, management consulting, and marketing services firm specializing exclusively in the markets of the health and human service field that serve consumers with chronic conditions and complex support needs. OPEN MINDS’ mission is to provide payers, service provider organizations, and technology and scientific firms that serve these consumers with the market and management knowledge needed to improve their organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Learn more at

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