Mental Health America of California’s Analysis CalAIM and Behavioral HealthStrategic Considerations for Change

December 9, 2019

The Administration’s recently proposed California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) offers a strategic framework to standardize and progress key delivery systems within the Medi-Cal Program, including health, specialty mental health, and substance use disorder services.

This paper offers a summary of key content and strategic considerations for its continued development. The CalAIM framework will be driven using the dual levers of the federal Waiver process (both an 1115 Waiver and 1915(b) Waiver) and California’s annual budget process to shape its legal, fiscal and policy imprint…