MISSION

DMA Health Strategies conducts policy research, develops strategy and facilitates continuous improvement in behavioral health and human service organizations to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of services, implement innovative and evidence based programs and expand the use of consumer centered approaches. We accomplish this through system reviews, group facilitation, management and policy research, procurements, and the development of effective marketing communications and proposals.

Message from the CEO

photoAs the pace of change in healthcare accelerates, leaders increasingly recognize the need to dramatically improve health outcomes for people at risk for, or living with, chronic illnesses in the United States. Chronic conditions are the biggest drivers of health care and disability costs, and behavioral health conditions are increasingly recognized as major contributing factors to these costs.


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Substance Use in California: A Look at Addiction and Treatment

Using existing national and California data, Wendy Holt and Talia Hahn provide an overview of the prevalence of substance use disorders, their health and social impacts, and the state’s SUD treatment resources in the chart book, Substance Use in California: A Look at Addiction and Treatment (2018).

We can gain powerful insights into unmet needs at both the community and state level using available data. Tracking measures over time can provide a report card on this often overlooked sector of the healthcare system.

Youth Substance Use Prevention Strategic Plan

DMA is pleased to have supported the City of Boston Mayor's Office of Recovery Services to conduct and write the recently released Youth Substance Use Prevention Strategic Plan. This data driven plan outlines a set of recommendations including: improving cross-sector coordination, collecting comprehensive data, increasing capacity of youth-serving agencies, using consistent messaging, building pathways to supports for youth in all neighborhoods, and engaging academic, foundation, public and private institutions. Please see the City's announcement of this important work.

Mental Health In California: For Too Many, Care Not There

Wendy Holt is the author of the recently released, California Health Care Foundation publication, Mental Health in California: For Too Many, Care Not There.

Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health

Wendy Holt and Dana Roth once again presented Children’s Mental Health Initiative National System of Care Expansion Evaluation: Findings on the Financing of Children’s Mental Health Systems of Care Services at the Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health in Tampa, Florida.

Using Medicaid Accountable Care Initiatives to Improve Care for People with Serious Behavioral Health Conditions

The National Council for Behavioral Health recently released the paper Using Medicaid Accountable Care Initiatives to Improve Care for People with Serious Behavioral Health Conditions. The report was prepared by DMA Health Strategies and Chuck Ingoglia and Rebecca Farley David of the National Council.

DMA Welcomes Alison Ireland

Alison Ireland, M.S. has joined DMA as an Associate to assist us with our Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families (CMHI) Evaluation project. More about Ms. Ireland can be found in our staff section.

Comprehensive Psychiatric Services

DMA is pleased to announce that UMass Medical School Department of Psychiatry won its bid to take over comprehensive psychiatric services for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health's Southeast Area's state operated services. DMA worked with the Department of Psychiatry to prepare its proposal.