A few weeks ago, SAMHSA launched a major health reform education effort with the announcement of awards for health reform education to eight peer or recovery community organizations. In the coming months SAMHSA will continue to use the blog as a launching point for health reform updates and health insurance enrollment activities, such as the launch of SAMHSA’s new health insurance enrollment webpage, where individuals can go to find information to enroll in health insurance or States and providers can find helpful planning resources and see enrollment activities from across the nation. In continuing with our push to engage States, providers, stakeholder organizations and individuals in the health reform and parity implementation process, SAMHSA has recently announced the establishment of eight learning collaboratives in Arizona, California, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, New Mexico, New York and Vermont.
As part of an effort to build State coalitions and educate mental health and substance use stakeholders on health reform implementation, SAMHSA is inviting State mental health and substance use consumer and peer organizations, recovery community organizations, family member organizations, provider organizations, and other behavioral health stakeholder organizations to participate in our Health Reform Learning Collaborative project. In an effort to maximize SAMHSA’s opportunity to support a limited number of States, only organizations in these eight States are eligible: Arizona, California, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, and Vermont. Note that this project is open to stakeholder organizations, not individual members. Only respond if you are a representative of a stakeholder organizations within the eligible States. Resources developed through these eight will be shared with stakeholder groups and behavioral health coalitions across the country.
Benefits for participating in this pilot project include access to free educational webinars and resources for your organization’s members on key health reform topics such as Essential Health Benefits and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.
To become a collation member, please email us at CFRI.email@example.com with the following information:
- Which State your organization resides in.
- What organization you represent
- The email address and phone number where we can reach you.
If you have any questions, please contact us at CFRI.firstname.lastname@example.org. This is an exciting new pilot and we strongly encourage organizations in the eight States to participate!