We are evaluating the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Demonstration, which aims to improve the availability, quality, and outcomes of community mental health center ambulatory care, in eight states.
- Quality of care for children and adults with behavioral health conditions
- Integration and coordination of mental health and primary care services
- Medicaid and CHIP
- Population Health
- Early Childhood
- Early Childhood Systems
- Human Services
Jonathan Brown conducts research and evaluation projects focused on improving the quality and outcomes of services for people with mental health and substance use disorders. Much of his work examines strategies to improve the integration and coordination of care. He has expertise in using Medicaid claims and other data sources to measure the quality and outcomes of behavioral health care. He also oversees Mathematica’s behavioral health business development and client relationships.
Brown currently directs a national evaluation of the Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration program for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to examine the implementation and outcomes of co-locating primary care services in community mental health centers. He also directs a national evaluation of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Demonstration for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation to examine whether using new Medicaid reimbursement mechanisms to deliver comprehensive care in community mental health centers impacts the quality, outcomes, and costs of services.
Brown has conducted several projects to develop behavioral health quality measures. With support from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, SAMHSA, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, he led a project that developed measures for health plans and inpatient psychiatric facilities. Many of these measures have been endorsed by the National Quality Forum and are used in national quality reporting programs.
As a co-investigator of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Mental Health Services in Pediatric Primary Care, Brown has worked to develop strategies to improve the delivery of mental health services in primary care, including for Maryland’s Behavioral Health in Pediatric Primary Care Initiative. He recently completed a project sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health to develop and evaluate mental health skills training for medical assistants who work in primary care.
Brown has served on expert panels for the Institute of Medicine, National Quality Forum, SAMHSA, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. His work has been published in issue briefs and peer-reviewed journals, including Pediatrics, Psychiatric Services, Administration and Policy in Mental Health, and Evaluation and Program Planning. He holds a Ph.D. in health services research and an M.H.S. in mental health from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he is also adjunct faculty.
Integrating Behavioral with Physical Health Care to Improve Access to High Quality Care
Evaluation of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Demonstration
Mathematica and the RAND Corporation are conducting a mixed-methods evaluation of the CCBHC model to assess the model’s implementation and impacts on service utilization and costs.
Encouraging High Quality, Efficient Inpatient Care for Mental Health and Substance Use: Case-Mix Adjustment in the Optum Achievements in Clinical Excellence Facility
We are reviewing the case mix adjustments in the Achievements in Clinical Excellence Facility program, which encourages delivery of high quality, efficient inpatient care for mental health and substance use disorders.
Evaluation of the Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration Program
We are evaluating the Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration program, designed to improve the health status of adults with serious mental illnesses.
Emerging Roles of Residential Treatment Centers in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services System
Mathematica examined (1) the extent to which residential treatment providers operationalize systems of care values and principles and whether there are barriers to doing so, (2) the extent to which families, both youth and caregivers, are partners in the development, oversight, and operation of RTC services,...