The Community Mental Health Fund is a public resource responsible to the taxpayers of Jackson County. This means the Fund and its contracting agencies must strive for high standards in effective services, participant experience, and managing costs.  We carry out special projects to help us support effective practices, maximize resources and coordinate with other sources of financial support.

Case Management Practice Tiers

As a building block for value-based care, we have developed a tier-based reimbursement process to establish quality benchmarks for newly established services of Case Support, Case Management, and Care Coordination.  For helpful documents, click on the following:

School-Based Mental Health Services

Mental health services in schools are often identified as an unmet need. We are investigating areas of greatest risk/unmet need, district/building roles in quality care, and the role of Medicaid as a funding source.  Resource Development Institute recently completed this initial review of data on MH and Schools. Additional information and recommendations will follow in 2020.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is important in the delivery of mental health care in schools.  We find that:

  • Schools may not be aware that mental health issues, behavioral concerns and trauma may be considered as disabilities in Missouri’s State Plan, meaning that students may quality for certain special educational services.
  • Procedural safeguards and parents’ legal educational rights are not well understood by mental health providers. We studied Levy-funded services in three alternative schools and legal rights of parents. From this project we updated requirements for documenting parent consent and school communication.

Examining Value of Mental Health Services

The Value Project Report was completed in 2017.  This qualitative study looked at ways mental health agencies define and measure success. Provider-participant relationships emerged as a very important factor, yet there can be high turnover in key staff positions where relationships matter most.  We also found indications that it would be helpful to find ways to support improved strategies for participant engagement.