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A National Model for Behavioral Health

Posted by Foundation Medical Providers on Oct 30, 2017 1:16:58 PM

Southern New Hampshire Health System is proud to be a leader in the fight to assure proper care for patients coping with mental health issues. Along with the many innovative programs in our health system designed to help improve care coordination for behavioral health patients, we are proud to be leading the Greater Nashua Integrated Delivery Network, a collaboration of 29 physical and mental healthcare, substance use treatment, and social service support providers and organizations whose goal is to improve the health of those in our community who struggle with mental and behavioral health issues.


  • New Hampshire is the first state in the country to receive an 1115 Medicaid Waiver through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to conduct a demonstration project called “Building Capacity for Transformation.” The Greater Nashua IDN is one of 7 newly established IDNs in New Hampshire as part of this project. The Greater Nashua IDN received $17.7 million from the NH Department of Human Services (DHHS). The project began in 2016 and will continue through the end of 2020, with the goal of:

    - building a stronger healthcare workforce to support coordinated care in primary care practices, mental health centers and substance use treatment facilities
    - increasing training and support for the workforce so that they have what they need to support their patients
    - expanding health information technology (HIT) to help increase communication among care teams to assure patients have what they need to support their healthcare

    To achieve the state’s vision for Medicaid system transformation, the IDNs are implementing evidence-supported projects built around three pathways:

    - Mental health and substance use disorder treatment-capacity building
    - Integration of physical and behavioral health care
    - Improving transitions of care across settings

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