Idaho H&W chief Dick Armstrong this morning highlighted three “important state initiatives” that are coming in the next year:
Behavioral health community crisis centers for those with mental health or substance abuse disorders.
A child welfare pilot project to reduce foster care entries. Idaho has been chosen as the state to pilot this program, which is funded by a five-year federal grant.
The State Healthcare Innovation Plan, or SHIP. “This is not a Department of Health & Welfare Program,” Armstrong said, though federal funding is flowing through the agency. “It really is a partnership with health care providers, insurers and participants to transform the health care model … from paying for volume of visits to paying for improved patient outcomes.”