Mathematica Policy Research and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) prepared this report under contract to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (HHSP23320100019WI/ HHSP23337001T). Additional funding was provided by the HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The authors appreciate the guidance of Kirsten Beronio and Joel Dubenitz (ASPE), D.E.B. Potter (HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [AHRQ]), and Lisa Patton (SAMHSA). The report incorporates feedback from Henry Ireys (Mathematica), Richard Frank (Harvard University), Harold Pincus (Columbia University) and a technical expert panel that included consumers, providers, performance measurement experts, and representatives from health plans and state agencies. Panelists included Francisca Azocar (Optum Behavioral Solutions), James Boswell (State University of New York), Lynn Bufka (American Psychological Association), Mirean Coleman (National Association of Social Workers), Eric Hamilton (ValueOptions), Kimberly Hoagwood (New York University), Jeanne Miranda (University of California, Los Angeles), Keris Myrick (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and Project Return Peer Support Network), and Nathan Tatro (American Psychological Association).
The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of ASPE, SAMHSA, AHRQ, or HHS, or the technical expert panel. The measures described in this report are provided as examples; their inclusion should not be interpreted as an endorsement by HHS, ASPE, SAMHSA, AHRQ, NCQA, or Mathematica Policy Research. The authors are solely responsible for any errors.