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Office of Mental Health

Behavioral Health Value Based Payment (BH VBP) Readiness Program

In 2017, BH VBP program funds were awarded to selected networks of Behavioral Health Care Collaboratives (BHCCs). The main goals of the Readiness Program were to:

  • Prepare BH Providers to take part in VBP arrangements
  • Improve the integration of physical and behavioral health

The selected BHCCs used funds to enhance quality care and improve outcomes. This included clinical and financial integration and the use of community-based recovery support services.

In 2021, New York State allocated $20 million in American Rescue Plan Act enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (eFMAP) funding to BHCCs.

The eFMAP funding supports the BHCCs (and the Behavioral Health Independent Practice Associations (BH IPAs) resulting from the BHCCs) to:

  • Increase access to behavioral health rehabilitation services
  • Increase integration of behavioral health and physical health
  • Increase implementation of value-based reimbursement strategies

Please contact VBP Readiness with questions or to provide feedback on the program.

BHCC/BH IPA eFMAP Initiative

NYS BH VBP Readiness Program

     BHCC Lead, Network and Affiliate Agencies

     Program Documents