Behavioral Health and Social Determinants of Health

A governor is uniquely situated to look across the state and coordinate action among state agencies, communities and stakeholders. Many governors are actively engaged in aligning multiple health delivery system reform efforts with broader population health strategies and exploring economically sustainable models.  One focal point of the NGA Health work with states is in establishing or scaling up cost-effective programs for individuals with complex care needs. Many of those individuals have unmet behavioral health (mental illness and/or substance misuse) and social service needs that are better served in the community and outside of acute care or institutional settings.  To that end, NGA Health is providing states technical assistance around a number of policy priorities in behavioral health including:

  • Improving outcomes and reducing cost of care for complex populations
  • System-level behavioral health and primary care integration
  • Capacity building in rural and underserved areas
  • Supportive housing
  • Behavioral health in criminal justice involved

Publications and Resources

Projects and Meetings

Cross Sector Collaboration for Children and Families Learning Lab | August 2018 – December 2019

Suicide Prevention Convening | March 2018

  • Building Capacity to Improve Outcomes and Reduce Cost of Care for High Need, High Cost Populations with Behavioral Health and Social Support Needs: Behavioral Health Integration Learning Lab | August 2017 – January 2019
    • Learning Lab Kick Off | January 2018
  • Rural Health Learning Collaborative | August 2017 – March 2018
  • Building Healthy Communities: How to Support States in the Development of Community-Based Solutions and Sustainable Infrastructure Roundtable | June 2017
  • Establishing the Building Blocks for Lifelong Health and Success: Supporting States in Advancing Multi-Sectoral and Multi-Generational Solutions to Improve Children’s Lives Roundtable | June 2017
  • Housing as Health Care | April 2016 – January 2017
    • Housing as Health Care Learning Lab | February 2016
  • Developing State-Level Capacity to Improve Health and Reduce Cost of Populations with Complex Care Needs | June 2015 – June 2017
    • Complex Care Programs Policy Academy: Developing State-Level Capacity to Improve Health and Reduce Cost of Populations with Complex Care Needs | December 2016
  • Learning Collaborative on Focusing and Accelerating Statewide Improvements in Maternal and Child Health | June 2015 – 2017