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Introduction to the DMC Forum

With the support of the Blue Shield of California Foundation, the CIBHS DMC FORUM creates a collaborative think tank to support county behavioral health leaders and key local stakeholders in the planning and implementation of the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System. Working with CBHDA, the FORUM will identify issue areas that warrant a policy and practice deep dive. We know that there is a rich base of successful practices, programs,and innovation, going on in counties throughout the state. We want to capture these ideas. Over the next 8 months, CIBHS will convene the DMC-ODS early implementers, thought leaders, management practice leaders, and topic specialists to participate in 6-8 topic workgroups identifying issues, barriers, challenges, and successes that have emerged. This project is not intended to duplicate the many management and technical assistance pathways currently under way but to compliment them. It is intended to provide a forum for the exploration of relevant topics in a focus group setting that will capture innovation, creativity, and expertise –and codify these into briefing papers. These briefing papers will then be distributed broadly to the community of administrators, managers, stakeholders invested in this herculean effort in system transformation. During the project CIBHS will host a blog on related discussions and provide quick links to resources.  We hope that you will consider participating in the FORUM.

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