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MHPA Center for Best Practices Receives Sponsorship from Ortho-McNeil Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to Improve Medicaid Quality, Care Coordination for Serious Mental Illness
Date:5/4/2011

atient care are also planned.  In addition, the Center will publish a compilation of health plan best practices that details specific examples of progress in treating those with SMI. This compendium will also include statistics and other mental health resources that may be useful to Medicaid health plans.

"People with life-altering diseases such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder often experience a number of issues including higher rates of unemployment, poverty and even homelessness," Johnson noted. "Coordinated care to address the physical and mental health needs of this special population is needed.  Given the integrated systems of care inherent in Medicaid health plans, disseminating knowledge of what works best for those with serious mental illness is a very important step in ensuring the best possible care for these patients."

Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is the first pharmaceutical company sponsor for this project. The sponsorship will ultimately be expanded to include multiple pharmaceutical company sponsors, however sponsors will have no control or influence on initiatives conducted by the MPHA Center for Best Practices.

About Medicaid Health Plans of America

Medicaid Health Plans of America (MHPA) is the leading trade association solely focused on representing Medicaid health plans. MHPA provides advocacy, research and organized forums that support the development of policy solutions to enhance the delivery of quality health care. For more information, visit Medicaid Health Plans of America at http://www.mhpa.org or email at info@mhpa.org.

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