Tomorrow, Shirley Perez, Executive Director of the Family Support Network, will
be meeting with Director Casey around the Ligas Consent Decree and other
On Wednesday, I’m back in Chicago for two meetings on the 1115 Medicaid
Transformation Waiver. You will recall that the Administration submitted the
new Waiver to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) that would place all
of the nine waivers under a single Mega Waiver. We will now be working on the
implementation of that waiver if it is approved by CMS.
The two working groups that I am on include:
Services and Supports Work Group Meeting. This Work Group is to
recommend implementation strategies to enhance the delivery system
and the full continuum of care for children with behavioral health needs.
Develop an implementation plan that assures access to services and
supports for individuals based on functional need, rather than solely on
disability. This Work Group is Chaired by Lorrie Rickman Jones, Ph.D.,
Senior Behavioral Health Policy Advisor, GOHIT and Co-Chaired by
Grace Hou, President, The Woods Fund of Chicago.
Integrated Delivery System Reform. This Work Group is to recommend
implementation strategies for transforming the fee-for-service payment
and delivery system to an advanced system of care where patient
outcomes and provider payments are aligned. This Work Group is
Chaired by Michael Gelder, Executive Director of GOHIT and Co-Chaired
by Derek Robinson, MD, Executive Director, Illinois Hospital Association
Quality Care Institute.