A Behavioral Health Home (BHH) is not a house or a residence. It is a healthcare service delivery model that integrates an individual's behavioral and medical healthcare needs. Adults and children with chronic conditions can access an array of behavioral health care, medical careandcommunity-based social services and supports organized by a team of specialists.
Developed by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) in collaboration with the Department of Social Services (DSS), the BHH model promises better outcomes than those achieved in traditional services.
To receive BHH care, individuals must be eligible for Medicaid, have Medicaid expenses greater than or equal to $10,000/year and have a serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI).
A SPMI could be any of the following:
Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Borderline Personality Disorder
Individuals who meet the eligibility criteria will be automatically enrolled for BHH services with their health provider. Participation is voluntary. Individuals may choose another designated BHH provider or opt-out of services entirely.
BHH care providers offer the following services and supports:
Comprehensive care management and transitional care
Patient and family support
Referral to community support services
Once enrolled, participants will receive assistance from a team of specialists who will coordinate and implement a care plan using the above services. The care plan is intended to educate and inform recipients regarding their chronic condition and set in place medical, behavioral health, pharmacological and recovery support services to best treat their needs.