Get Ready for an Influx of New Clients

Submitted by: 03/28/2014 by Maureen Fitzgerald

This year, some 30 million Americans will gain access to treatment for substance use and mental disorders, many for the first time. Are you ready to serve them? Let the State Associations of Addiction Services (SAAS) and its partners show you how to ensure that your clients get the coverage for which they are eligible while protecting your bottom line.

Apply by April 15, 2014 to participate in the Eligibility and Enrollment Learning Network within BHbusiness: Mastering Essential Business Operations. BHbusiness is an online business program for behavioral health executives funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and provided at no cost to you. The project is created, taught, and led by SAAS, in partnership with NIATx, the National Council for Behavioral Health, and Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.

As a participant in the Eligibility and Enrollment Learning Network, you’ll learn how to:

  • Assess client eligibility for coverage under Medicaid or state health insurance exchanges
  • Enroll eligible clients in appropriate coverage
  • Ensure that currently enrolled clients maintain coverage
  • Identify and address issues in the enrollment process that reduce access to care and potential revenue

Providers are grouped into learning networks—a group of carefully matched organizations—with a dedicated coach and access to a self-paced, online curriculum across a 24-week period. Each week, you’ll participate in live coaching sessions; network with your peers; create actionable plans; and gain access to extensive resources, technical assistance, and subject matter experts. 

“There’s absolutely no question that participating in the BHbusiness Learning Network will help us accommodate the anticipated increase in clients eligible for treatment with full implementation of healthcare form,” says Katy Lewis, Director of Standards and Certification at Shawnee Mental Health Center in Portsmouth, Ohio.

Don’t delay—spots are going fast! Register at or contact Sarah Hansen at for more information on BHbusiness Learning Networks.

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