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Health Homes

Health Homes

Contact Info:

Denise Sulzbach
Director of Policy & Strategic Development or 410-706-3364

Deborah Harburger

Director of Fiscal Strategy or 410-706-1868

Section 2703 of the Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148, "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act"), entitled "State Option to Provide Health Homes for Enrollees with Chronic Conditions" includes serious mental illness (SMI) and serious emotional disturbance (SED) as a defined chronic condition that would allow states to submit Health Homes State Plan Amendments (SPA) to serve SMI and SED populations. Required Health Home services include: 1) Use of health information technology to link services (as feasible and appropriate); 2) Comprehensive care management (systems level); 3) Health promotion; 4) Care coordination (practice level); 5) Comprehensive transitional care/follow up; 6) Referral to community and social support services; and 7) Individual and family support services. Health Home services align with Care Management Entity (insert website link) goals and function. States could submit Health Homes using Care Management Entities as providers for youth with SED and their families. This is an attractive option for system planners as Health Home services qualify for 90% federal fund participation for the first eight fiscal quarters that a Health Home SPA is in effect.