Rationale for Goal 3

Goal 3.1: Support collaboration among leaders, professionals and community members working in MEB health promotion, substance abuse and other MEB disorders and chronic disease prevention, treatment and recovery.

  • The field of prevention in MEB health is relatively new and requires a paradigm shift in mental health care.
  • Prevention interventions can be integrated with routine health care and wellness promotion in health care settings, as well as in schools and community settings.
  • The CDC report "Integrate Mental Health Promotion and Mental Illness Prevention with Chronic Disease" outlines the rationale and plan for integration.

Goal 3.2: Strengthen infrastructure for MEB health promotion and MEB disorder prevention.

  • The Affordable Care Act seeks to enhance the availability of primary care services, especially for low-income individuals who have complex health needs.
  • The Affordable Care Act ensures that mental health and substance use services provided to newly covered individuals are provided at parity, consistent with the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.
  • Under the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid will play an increasing role in the financing and delivery of mental health and substance use services, including screening for depression and alcohol. This presents opportunities to integrate prevention, screening, treatment and recovery.

Note: The Prevention Agenda 2013-2017 has been extended to 2018 to align its timeline with other state and federal health care reform initiatives.

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