Behavioral Health

Improving the quality and lowering the cost of behavioral health services

Substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder, and mental health represent key health care challenges. The RTI Center for Health Care Advancement is working to improve the quality and lower the cost of the most effective behavioral health treatments, services, strategies, and models. Our work is founded on cutting-edge research about the clinical- and cost-effectiveness of treatments in real-world settings; this research is based on an in-depth and established understanding of the intersections where payers, providers, patients, governments, and nonprofit organizations meet.

Our Center is a leader in quality measurement for behavioral health services for both quality improvement and participation in targeted value-based payment models. We also lead the evaluation, design, and implementation of alternative service delivery models, including the integration of behavioral health services into other service delivery environments. We have worked with payers and providers to implement behavioral health care management and evidence-based screening into primary care and to address the needs of special populations in targeted health care environments. Patient outcomes across substance use and mental health disorders can be significantly affected by the effectiveness, quality, cost, and accessibility of care options. Recognizing this, payers and providers must root themselves in strategies and approaches informed by real-world evidence by partnering not only with our team of leading experts in mental health, substance use, and addiction but also with our experts in epidemiology, quality measurement, health economics, and data analytics.

Contact us to learn how you can drive value and improve quality in the way you deliver behavioral health services.

Areas of Expertise

  • Clinical Effectiveness and Quality Improvement
  • Cost Effectiveness and Economic Modelling
  • Quality Measurement and Assessment
  • Value-Based Purchasing
  • Behavioral Health Integration
  • Behavioral Health Financing

Evaluation of Comparative Effectiveness of Medication Assisted Treatment

There has been a recognized gap in knowledge about the effectiveness of MAT in real world settings. RTI is conducting a comprehensive, mixed method evaluation to assessed the type of…
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The Long-Term Costs and Benefits of Alcohol Treatments

Understanding the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of treatments is vital to maximizing health care quality and driving value. RTI led the first study to estimate the long-term cost-effectiveness of alcohol treatments,…
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Comparative Effectiveness of Clinical Decision-Making Required by Public Health Systems

Assessing treatment outcomes is vital for providers in order to maximize both treatment effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of treatment. To compare the effectiveness of approaches that public substance use disorder systems…
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