ACL/CMS Webinar: Promising Practices in Mental Health Self-Direction

Event Start Date: May 20, 2021 - 7:00 PM EDT
Event End Date: May 20, 2021 - 8:30 PM EDT

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Through various Medicaid authorities, beneficiaries are able to self-direct their care by developing a person-centered service plan and receiving an individual budget to purchase services they need to stay well in the community. Self-direction is a well-known model for certain populations (such as individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities), but is not as coomon in the mental health service sector.

A growing body of evidence shows that self-directed care can help people with mental health conditions achieve better outcomes, often at similar costs to states as traditional service delivery models. For people with Medicaid, self-direction encourages resilience and independence, and promotes recovery and self-esteem.

In this webinar, we’ll hear from experts working in the field of self-directed care for mental and behavioral health services. Stakeholders will learn what is happening across the nation as well as how they can bring best practices to their states and communities.


  • Andrea Callow, Program Analyst, Administration for Community Living
  • Dr. Judith Cook, Professor & Director, Center on Mental Health Services Research & Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Dena Stoner, Senior Policy Advisor for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission
  • Molly Morris, Senior Technical Assistance Consultant, Applied Self-Direction