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Analyzing Return on Investment in the System of Care Approach

Presenters: Beth Stroul, M.Ed and Simone Pearst Boyce, Ph.D

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has invested resources in the development of system of cares (SOCs) throughout the nation and, based on positive outcomes, has shifted to supporting the wide-scale adoption of this approach. In this context, information on return on investment (ROI) is critical to inform policy and resource allocation decisions for behavioral health services for children, youth, and young adults and their families. Based on a recent review, this webinar will present findings to date on cost savings derived from the SOC approach. The webinar will review findings from multi-site studies, such as the evaluations of SAMHSA's Children's Mental Health Initiative and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid's (CMS) Psychiatric Rehabilitation Treatment Facility Demonstration Waiver Program, as well as findings from studies and analyses conducted by states and communities that have implemented the system of care approach.  In addition, methods for analyzing ROI will be presented that can be applied to economic evaluation in states and communities to more systematically produce data on the cost implications of implementing the SOC approach. 

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