Behavioral Health

Access to behavioral health is uneven and consumers often have difficulty getting the right combination of care when they need it. Our focus is on exploring methods that expand access and eliminate barriers to integrating behavioral and physical health care.


October 27, 2020
This brief proposes a vision for behavioral health urgent care & outlines policy/programmatic recommendations to address barriers to implementing these services in MA.
July 14, 2020
This report explores the potential for expanding access to behavioral health through telehealth, including by maintaining many of the policies made during COVID-19.
March 12, 2020
This brief provides a summary of the behavioral health-related provisions of the Governor’s 2019 health care bill.
January 31, 2019
This report & chart pack document & describe the current behavioral health care system in MA & propose a series of recommendations through which the state can achieve reform.
October 31, 2017
This series of reports describes the results of a comprehensive mixed-methods study on access to outpatient mental health services in Massachusetts.
July 12, 2017
Primer designed to increase understanding of the behavioral health care system & issues affecting access to care for individuals with mental health & substance use disorders.
July 26, 2016
Evaluation of the 2015 Fostering Effective Integration grant program
July 21, 2016
This report describes the process of providing integrated care for patients with SUD at 3 sites in central MA and identifies common practices that improve care coordination.
March 8, 2016
This report reviews the primary Massachusetts and federal privacy laws relevant to the exchange of information among physical and behavioral health providers.
June 11, 2015
This report provides a review of the policy and regulatory barriers that impede behavioral health integration and identifies potential options for addressing these barriers.
May 20, 2015
This report will serve as a road map for the Mayor Office of Recovery Services.
October 24, 2011
This report explores the opportunities and implementation issues around integrating medical and behavioral health care under new payment and delivery system models.
October 29, 2009
The report examines the nature and capacity of the licensed professional workforce in the children’s mental health service delivery system in Massachusetts.
October 25, 2007
This issue brief explores the implications and potential effects of the district court ruling in Rosie D. v. Romney.


January 31, 2019
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation held an event on the topic of creating a model behavioral health system in Massachusetts.
October 31, 2017
The Foundation hosted an event on the topic of access to outpatient mental health services in Massachusetts.