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For over thirty years, OPEN MINDS has been singularly focused on the sectors of the health and human service field serving complex consumers. Click to learn more about our specific expertise and experience in your market.

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Our team's unique expertise and C-Level experience differentiates OPEN MINDS from others in the field. Click to learn how our award-winning services and solutions can support your organization's goals.



OPEN MINDS is a national leader in market intelligence and management best practices focused on organizations serving consumers with chronic conditions and complex needs. Our unique approach is based on focus and synergy:

First, we stay exclusively focused on a very specific set of domains in the health and human service field - mental health, addiction treatment, chronic disease management, intellectual and developmental disabilities services, disability supports and long-term care, children's services, juvenile justice, corrections health care, and social services. We have deep knowledge of these market areas - and the $860 billion in spending in each.

Second, our unique structure and variety of services fosters a unique synergy between market intelligence and tradecraft. Our team is research-based at its core – with 40+ team members dedicated to tracking every market development, government contract, legislative change, payer, and provider organization in the field. We combine this wealth of market research with a national team of seasoned executives, subject matter experts, and strategic analysts with 'on-the-ground' management experience to provide real-world insights and solutions to the organizations we support.

For over three decades, OPEN MINDS has been the 'bridge to business success' for thousands of organizations in health and human services. We understand and interpret the implications of changing policy and changing science - and how to navigate and leverage those changes for organizational sustainability and success. Learn more about how we can help your organization by using the buttons below:

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  • The Balloon Effect
    By Athena Mandros 05/24/2018


    The 'balloon effect' is most often an analogy used in drug policy. When you squeeze a balloon, you displace air, which bulges out elsewhere. When policy makers and law enforcement crack down on drug production and trafficking in one area, drug production and trafficking simply move to another area outside of law enforcement control. Essentially, the balloon effect refers to moving a problem around rather than actually solving it (see The biggest problem with the war on drugs, explained in one video). You could argue that this concept also applies to U.S. policy on social services – lower spending on social services leads to higher spending on health care costs. (For the opposite viewpoint see Health Care Spending in the United States and Other High-Income Countries). And we have ample evidence that access to supports…
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