Strategies for Integrating and Coordinating Care for Behavioral Health Populations: Case Studies of Four States. C. Program Goals


Since its inception as a chronic care model, Blueprint has expanded into a coordinated, statewide "agent of change" for reforming health care, wellness, and disease prevention efforts. It has three overarching aims: improve health care, improve population health, and reduce health care costs. Recognizing that health and wellness must be addressed in both medical and non-medical settings, the Blueprint framework was designed with the following goals (DVHA 2010):

  • Establish a service continuum across disciplines that are not usually well integrated, such as physical health care, mental health and substance abuse services, social and economic services, housing, and public health services. In particular, Blueprint aims to better integrate mental health and addictions treatment with primary care.

  • Improve access to well-coordinated preventive health services, centered on the needs of patients and families.

  • Eliminate payment as a barrier for patients and families.

  • Demonstrate the financial sustainability of Blueprint reforms. The payment reforms are investments on the part of the insurers and the state, which the state hopes will lead to reduced health care spending.

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