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.
- Mental health policy
- Policy analysis and program evaluation
- Qualitative research
- Medicaid and CHIP
- Human Services
Allison Wishon’s research centers on the delivery and quality of health care for people with mental illnesses and disabilities. Much of her work has focused on evaluating strategies to expand access to and coordination of Medicaid behavioral health services.
Wishon currently directs the national evaluation of the extension to the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Demonstration and development of an evaluation design for the CCBHC Expansion Grant program for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. She also leads a team conducting cross-state analysis of Medicaid Section 1115 Demonstrations for beneficiaries with serious mental illness and serious emotional disturbance for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Previously, she led the design and implementation of a national study and report to Congress for CMS regarding payments to Medicaid managed care plans on behalf of certain enrollees receiving services in institutions for mental diseases. She also led key tasks for the evaluation of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration program and provided qualitative leadership on the evaluations of the Health Care Innovation Awards behavioral health awardees and the Medicaid Emergency Psychiatric Demonstration for CMS.
Wishon has published in peer-reviewed journals, including Psychiatric Services and the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. Before joining Mathematica in 2013, she served on the policy team at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, where she analyzed and researched policy, provided technical assistance, and represented the interests of those with serious mental illnesses. She holds an M.H.S. from the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Evaluation of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Demonstration
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.
Evaluation of the Medicaid Emergency Psychiatric Services Demonstration (MEPD)
Through this demonstration, 11 states and the District of Columbia receive federal Medicaid matching funds for inpatient treatment in participating private institutions for beneficiaries with psychiatric emergency medical conditions. As mandated by the Affordable Care Act, the evaluation is addressing...
Strategies for Integrating and Coordinating Care for Behavioral Health Populations: Case Studies of Four States
Mathematica conducted an environmental scan and discussions with state officials and other stakeholders in Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Vermont to describe each state’s approach to integrating and coordinating care for behavioral health populations.
Innovative State Systems Supporting Coordinated Services for Individuals with Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders
Mathematica examined the features of innovative state systems that support coordinated services for individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. We conducted case studies of states to examine how they finance, organize, and deliver coordinated care for this target population.
HCIA Evaluations: Behavioral Health/Substance Abuse
Mathematica evaluated the impacts of projects implemented by the 10 HCIA awardees focused on mental health and substance abuse services. These awardee demonstrations addressed a wide array of interventions and targeted different subgroups within this broad priority population.
Mathematica Disability and Health Experts Guest Edit, Contribute to Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal®
Mathematica Policy Research behavioral health and disability expert Crystal Blyler guest edited a special issue of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, which includes a number of articles coauthored by Mathematica disability and mental health experts.