Feature Articles


The Changing Children’s Services Market

Feature Article | November 28, 2017
The market serving the health and human service needs of children with complex needs has grown increasingly complicated over the past decade. This market has several key elements—children and youth with severe emotional disorders, with addiction issues, with cognitive...

How Do States Spend Child Welfare Funds?

Feature Article | November 28, 2017
Child welfare is a general term used to describe the wide range of services provided to families who are in danger of having children removed from the home due to abuse or neglect, or are services for children who...

Foundations of a Comprehensive Community Healthcare System Serving Youth

Feature Article | November 28, 2017
Magellan endorses a principle that has been promulgated by the Surgeon General of the United States (1999), among others, which supports improving the mental health of children in the U.S. and in transforming the mental health services system. “Without...

New Strategies For A Changing Children’s Services Market

Feature Article | November 28, 2017
There have been dramatic changes in the market that serves children in the child welfare and mental health systems over the past five years. Many of these changes are a result of the lingering impact of the “Great Recession”...

The Changes & Challenges In Today’s Children’s Services Market

Feature Article | November 28, 2017
In conversation after conversation with executives for child serving organizations, there is talk about the “shifting paradigm” that is moving services from residential to community-based care—thanks to a collection of policy preferences, budget issues, and new technologies. While all...

Why Your Tech IQ Will Determine Your Success In A Value-Based World

Feature Article | October 4, 2017
The health and human service field is in the early stages of moving to a new, value-based business model – the 2017 OPEN MINDS Performance Management Executive Survey shows that this year, 41% of health and human services provider organizations...

15 Virtual Reality Startups In Health Care

Feature Article | October 4, 2017
Virtual reality (VR) is usually associated with gaming — you put on a headset and step into a virtual world where you can solve puzzles, slay enemies or gain experience. While we were simply floored by how amazing it was to play...

An Update On Tech Adoption In Health & Human Services

Feature Article | October 4, 2017
Provider organization tech investment is climbing—by some industry predictions, we can expect it to double in the next three years (see Health Care Provider Organizations To Double IT Services Spending By 2020). Analysts forecast a compound annual growth rate...

Who Is Big In Diversion & Reentry Programs?

Feature Article | September 20, 2017
Diversion and reentry services – services for the transition of offenders from prison to community supervision – include a range of programs such as housing, mental and behavioral health counseling, electronic monitoring, employment services, case management, etc. These services...

The Contract Went To… A Snapshot Of Prison Health Care Contract Awards

Feature Article | September 20, 2017
Where are most health care services for prisons delivered? “On-site” might seem like the obvious answer, but I was still intrigued by the numbers from the 2016 federal Department of Health and Human Services report, National Survey Of Prison...

The Graying Of U.S. Prison Populations

Feature Article | September 20, 2017
The theme of this month’s newsletter is familiar to many provider organizations around the country – the chances that consumers with complex support needs that include behavioral health will be involved with the justice system are extremely high. Both...

The Correctional Health Care Market: An Overview & An Update

Feature Article | September 20, 2017
The adult corrections market includes all services associated with prosecutorial, judicial, and incarceration of adults involved with corrections system, including health care and treatment. In 2015, the U.S. correctional population encompassed more than 6.7 million individuals with the majority...

Diversion & Reentry In Salt Lake County, Utah

Feature Article | September 20, 2017
One of the key motivations for our coverage of the U.S. criminal justice system this month is that the system involves a disproportionate number of people with mental health and behavioral health conditions. In order to reduce the number of...

The U.S. Prison Population – A Look At The Numbers

Feature Article | September 20, 2017
At yearend 2015, the United States had an estimated 1,526,800 prisoners under the jurisdiction of state and federal correctional authorities. This was the smallest U.S. prison population since 2005 (1,525,900 prisoners). The prison population decreased by more than 2%...