The goals of FAME and the Managing Entities are to:
- Increase access to high-quality care
- Provide effective and efficient service delivery
- Support the behavioral health workforce
- Promote evidence-based programs and outcomes
Managing Entities tailor all funding to fit the needs of each specific community they serve. This model is an excellent value to the state, to provider organizations, to communities, and most importantly, to individuals and families who receive publicly funded substance abuse and/or mental health services.
Responsibilities to the State:
- Streamline access to care by rapidly responding to community trends shifting funding, and amending contracts so that services are delivered effectively and efficiently.
- Conduct Quality Assurance Reviews, bringing a new level of accountability to ensure that individuals and families receive quality care at the most cost-effective rate.
- Identify other funding streams, such as grants and additional funds, to supplement state resources, making sure to “braid and blend” funding to maximize benefits.
- Operate at an administrative rate of less than 5% and leverage community resources to function cost-effectively.
Responsibilities to the Providers:
- Ensure rapid payments to substance abuse and mental health service providers, subject to the state’s availability of funds.
- Focus on the quality of care by providing technical assistance and evidence-based practice training to provider staff.
- Provide access to data through systems that utilize real-time information.
- Operate transparently through community board memberships and regular community meetings, gaining valuable feedback to enrich decision-making and planning.
- Advocate for services to increase behavioral health services through partnerships and community engagement.
Responsibilities to the Community:
- Eliminate duplication of effort by working closely with communities to coordinate and maximize behavioral health benefits and other community support services.
- Serve as “eyes and ears” through Community Consortiums (Advisory Councils), enabling them to listen to community needs, identify gaps, and develop appropriate responses.
- Design and manage systems of care by performing a needs analysis for each community served and then developing strategic and executable action plans to meet identified needs.
Responsibilities to the Individual:
- Focus on provider performance and responsiveness to improve the lives of those receiving services.
- Ensure delivery of quality care using the best practices model.
- Identify and develop needed resources to ensure that services are available for individuals and their families.