Behavioral Health Care Coordination (BHCC) Program

Ohio Medicaid's Behavioral Health Care Coordination program will not begin on July 1, 2019. The Ohio Departments of Medicaid and Mental Health and Addiction Services are still moving forward with care coordination for individuals with behavioral health conditions in an expedient way. We are revisiting our strategy and the program's design within the context of Governor DeWine's priorities, the RecoveryOhio initiative, and our ongoing work on behavioral health redesign.

We look forward to working with stakeholders as we move forward with our behavioral health care coordination efforts, and we will be discussing the program and its timeline throughout the budget process.

What is BHCC?

Ohio BHCC is an innovative approach to increase access to and improve care for members with significant behavioral health needs.

Members are connected to behavioral health entities best suited to serve their needs. Qualified behavioral health entities (QBHEs) will use various member engagement and care coordination techniques to help members manage their healthcare across the areas of behavioral and physical health, including initial outreach and engagement, development of a care plan, assisting with transitions of care, and engaging supportive services.

QBHEs may be eligible for two types of payments to support their investment in the behavioral health care program:

  • Monthly payment to support activities required by BHCC
  • A bonus payment to reward high performing practices

As part of our effort to increase access to care, QBHEs may also be matched to additional members they are not seeing today. QBHEs will also have access to actionable, timely data and reports to better inform their outreach, care, and referral plans.

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