2022 Cohort: Behavioral Health

Medicaid Innovation Collaborative's inaugural cohort identified scalable solutions to advance behavioral health equity for Medicaid beneficiaries in Arizona, Hawaii, and West Virginia.  

Read about MIC's approach and lessons learned from the 2022 Cohort

Areas of Focus

Adolescent Behavioral Health

Increasing access to services and addressing challenges in behavioral health for adolescents and youth crisis support

Maternal Behavioral Health

Improving engagement of mental health and substance use disorder treatment for pregnant and postpartum women 

Participating States and Health Plans

The following three states and their managed care plans partnered with Medicaid Innovation Collaborative in this effort.


Arizona Complete Health

Banner-University Family Care

Care1st Health Plan

Health Choice Arizona

Mercy Care


UnitedHealthcare Community Plan




Kaiser Permanente

Ohana Health Plan

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan

West Virginia

Aetna Better Health of West Virginia

The Health Plan


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The Medicaid Innovation Collaborative is a unique opportunity for these three participating states and their MCOs to identify innovative challenges and set a strategy to solve them. As a cohort, our programs have common needs and, through this collaborative, can leverage common solutions."

Jami Snyder, Director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) on joining MIC

Program Goals

The program is focused on enabling state Medicaid programs to collaborate with their peers, scale their impact, and engage their managed care plans, beneficiaries, and other key stakeholders.

In a 12-month program, joined by a cohort of peers, state Medicaid programs will be able to:

Identify and define a health equity priority in their state that can be advanced through private-sector, tech-enabled innovation

Through a national RFI and call for solutions, review a pool of vendors that are actively solving these priorities

Share these solutions with managed care plans and other key stakeholders in their state

Support managed care plans to identify and develop strategies to advance health equity efforts