TA Coalition Webinar: Partnering for Success: Spotlight on Missouri Medicaid and Department of Mental Health

Medicaid is the largest payer of mental health services. To ensure Medicaid beneficiaries have access to mental health services an effective working relationship between the State Mental Health Authority and the State Medicaid Office is critical.

This webinar will present lessons learned from MO HealthNet and the Department of Mental Health (DMH) on how to successfully partner to improve the lives of individuals living with mental illness. Webinar presenters will explore the reasons MO HealthNet and DMH chose to work together, identify principles and techniques that made their partnership effective, summarize the benefits of a symbiotic relationship, and showcase initiatives that were a direct result of their collaboration.


·         Joe Parks, Medical Director, National Council for Behavioral Health

·         Natalie Fornelli, Manager of Integrated Care, Missouri Department of Mental Health

·         George Oestreich, former Clinical Director MO HealthNet

·         Keith Schafer, former Director Missouri Department of Mental Health