Athena Mandros is a key member of the OPEN MINDS’ market intelligence team. She tracks trends in policy and the financing of health and human services across all payers for OPEN MINDS publications and OPEN MINDS customers.

Ms. Mandros currently produces a weekly Market Intelligence Report for OPEN MINDS subscribers. Some of the topics of the briefing reports include non-traditional Medicaid expansion, State Innovation Model (SIM) Grants, and permanent supportive housing.

Ms. Mandros is also the editor of the OPEN MINDS Behavioral Health System State Profile series. The series is an annually updated market intelligence report on mental health and addiction treatment financing in each of the fifty states. The content of the profile series includes Medicaid managed care and fee-for-service enrollment numbers, top health plans, description of the Medicaid delivery system, behavioral health covered services and carve-outs, core coordination models utilized by the state such as health homes or ACOs, and a description of the dual eligible delivery system.

In addition to her work on these key market intelligence publications, Ms. Mandros serves as a resource for OPEN MINDS customers on state Medicaid policy, with a particular emphasis on behavioral health, developmental disabilities, long-term care, and corrections. Ms. Mandros tracks changes to state Medicaid programs, synthesizes state information to follow and analyze trends, and creates publications detailing state delivery systems and upcoming changes.

Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Ms. Mandros wrote about environmental and social issues for local newspapers. In 2013, she served as the research director for the Environmental Leadership program at the Eisenhower Institute in Gettysburg.

Ms. Mandros received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania where she majored in both English and Environmental Studies.

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