MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE USE (SUD)

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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

States are asking a variety of questions about the best ways to improve behavioral health care service delivery for Medicaid Enrollees. CHSE research evaluates potential solutions to behavioral health workforce shortages, access to care (particularly among people of color, tribal communities and other historically marginalized groups) and integration with physical health care.

OPIOID USE DISORDER (OUD)

Medicaid covers health care for almost 40% of people with OUD, and state Medicaid programs provide a variety of treatment services. CHSE research provides critical information to state Medicaid programs about the effectiveness of policies and interventions aimed at addressing the opioid crisis.

In 2021, Stephan Lindner received a National Institute of Health R01 grant to examine how Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services substance use disorder waiver designs might impact outcomes for opioid users on a national level. He and his team are partnering with OHSU Family Medicine to evaluate these waivers that allow states to test new program models to improve the care for beneficiaries with substance use disorders, including opioid use disorder.