What They’re Watching: Mohit Ghose, Beacon Health Options
“When you think about what legislators can do, or what even the Health Care authority can focus on, as you look at the opioid dollars that might be coming from Congress one of my biggest points would be to say, let’s make sure that you’re using enough of those dollars to build out the right kind of substance use infrastructure. And the reason I say that is because without the infrastructure, you’re still putting money into places that might not interact with each other, that might not give you the full continuum of care, and the ability to track whether you’re really getting the value for your money. So it’s a unique time for all states, and in particular for Washington having started to build the crisis system. What else could be built in order to achieve the aim of getting people to care they need in the right setting?
Another major issue that we’re watching in Washington is that the legislature and the state as a whole are going to have to contend with the hospital system being radically changed for those with behavioral health issues. One of the things that we find is that building out community-based systems of care is something that we are beginning to understand can be the solution to shutting down hospital beds. So the question is not do we shut down all hospital beds, but in the case of Washington there are several that will go away, the answer is how do you build out the right level of community-based care and support, and importantly the coordination that goes along with that care and support, to make sure that people don’t fall through the cracks. And we believe that the next phase of discussion in the state of Washington is how do we ensure that people get the care they need in a community-based setting, with the resources wrapping around the patient regardless of where the funding is coming from?”