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A deep dive into the State of Mental Health services from the Advisory Board August 2023

Mental Health Matters: A Special Project of CHCC 

With a two-year engagement grant (2023-2024) from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), CHCC has embarked on a project to increase our understanding of health care research to improve our effectiveness as health care purchasers.  

The PCORI grant offers CHCC an exciting opportunity to take a deeper dive in a topic at top- of- mind for our member plans and the workers and families covered by those plans. Our goals are to prioritize important research and make it accessible and relevant to CHCC members in your role as health care purchasers. Below are the activities we plan to carry out as part of the project: 

  1. We will tap experts to help us interpret important research on specific mental health care treatment and delivery, including outcomes that might be different for different populations.  

  2. We will collaborate with other purchaser coalitions who have received similar PCORI grants.  

  3. We will gain more insight into how plan design decisions may influence the quality and access of mental health services our members receive.  

  4. We will draft a framework for incorporating mental health evidence into the purchasing process 

  5. We will convene an in-person meeting at the end of 2024 to assess what we’ve learned, and what we might collaborate on next. 

Get to know more about PCORI and its research here.



Get to know PCORI

PCORI has a large portfolio of mental and behavioral health research. Below are a few areas of PCORI research relevant to CHCC members. We will explore a few of these areas in more detail based on what we heard in the member focus groups:

  • Chronic pain and mental health: Promising approaches to treating chronic pain without opioids

  • Ensuring compatibility between therapists and patients: Matching patients with therapists to improve mental health care

  • Integrating mental and physical health care: Behavioral health integration improves patients’ care experience and other outcomes

More Project Resources

  • Upcoming activities (primarily meetings)

  • Presentations/webinars

  • Report and studies

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