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3 state H&W intiatives

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.”

Read more from Betsy Russell, here.

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.









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