Projects & Impact

AHP has built its business on applying best practices, many of which we have helped to shape, and real-world, hands-on knowledge to improving systems and business practices for our clients.

In all of the work that we do, we are guided by our mission to improve health and human services systems of care and business operations to help organizations and individuals reach their full potential.

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Building a Behavioral Health Network with Rural Providers

Facing evolving state and federal requirements for clinical integration, this group of rural behavioral health providers sought AHP’s help to assess their capabilities and begin to build a provider network to better serve their region. Recognizing the competitive risk of more dominant health systems, these smaller providers have banded together and are collaborating with AHP to strengthen their administrative capacity and efficiency and deliver care more effectively. AHP is conducting a readiness assessment of each provider’s capabilities for forming a provider network model with an analysis of strengths and weaknesses, along with recommendations for the most suitable network model to pursue. In addition, AHP is developing a business planning process with a blueprint for implementation for the chosen model. Each organization will receive a feasibility study and business plan for establishing a shared services organization.

Capacity Building to Support the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) (also called: CMS Housing Collaborative)

AHP is a subcontractor on the CMS Housing Collaborative, which is focused on building sustainable partnerships across all levels of government to link affordable, accessible, and integrated housing options with long-term supports and services for people with disabilities and chronic conditions. The objectives include:
 
  • to assist people with disabilities, older adults, and those with chronic conditions who are at risk of institutionalization or who currently receive care in institutional settings in finding appropriate housing to live more independent lives; and
  • to assist federal, state, and local agencies and community partners to create a sustainable, collaborative system between housing and human services agencies to support community living for older adults and those with chronic conditions who are at risk of institutionalization or who currently receive care in institutional settings.
 
These are accomplished by evaluating federal, state, and local level training needs, providing TA and training to all levels of government and grantees, and by developing and disseminating practical information and tactical strategies about how to increase collaboration.
 
AHP’s major accomplishments on this project have included providing federal level (HUD/CMS/HHS) cross-training on housing and disability policy, regulations, agencies, services, planning processes, and funding streams; state-level cross training regarding housing and disability policy, agencies, planning processes, services, and funding streams to build effective working partnerships; and overall training for housing agencies and Money Follows the Person (MFP) grantee disability agencies. AHP, in collaboration with New Editions, developed the Rural Housing Toolkit
 
Related resources and publications:
 
  • Downing, S. & Speckman-Randall, E. (2013). Rural Housing Toolkit: Money Follows the Person. New Editions Consulting, Inc. Funded through the Housing Capacity Building Initiative for Community Living Project, a collaboration of the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Health and Human Services (HHS), under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Money Follows the Person (MFP) Rebalancing Demonstration. Retrieved from http://www.neweditions.net/housing/documents/Rural_Housing_Toolkit.pdf  

Evaluation of the Moms Do Care Project, Expanding Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorder

AHP is the evaluator for a Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) grant to expand medical and behavioral health service systems capacity to engage and retain pregnant and postpartum women in integrated medication assisted treatment (MAT) and health care, and addiction and recovery support services. Funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) targeted capacity expansion portfolio, The Moms Do Care Project is being implemented in two communities (one rural and one urban) and focuses on the specific needs of pregnant women with opioid use disorders. Its overarching objective is to provide recovering mothers with increased access to MAT and with individualized services that support sustained recovery, choices about continuing medication, and efforts to maintain custody or contact with their children.

Expected outcomes include increased access and engagement in MAT concurrent with pre-and post-natal care; reduced illicit drug use; and improved health, recovery, and functioning status at the individual level. Systems level outcomes include an increased number of waivered buprenorphine prescribers; increased workforce understanding of opioid dependency in women specific to the needs of pregnant women; reduced negative attitudes of this population among medical providers; and improved integration of primary care and behavioral health services. AHP will assess outcomes through client interviews at three points in time, administrative treatment data, surveys of medical providers, and onsite visits with a range of key informants.

National Veterans Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC)

The National Veterans Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC) is a partnership among AHP, the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment and Training Services. Funded under a cooperative agreement for three years, the NVTAC supports the mission of the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) and its stakeholders.
 
The primary objective of the HVRP NVTAC is to provide a broad range of technical assistance on veterans’ homelessness programs and issues to existing and potential audiences. These include HVRP; HFVVWF (Homeless Female Veterans and Homeless Veterans with Families); IVTP (Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program); SD (stand down) grantees and applicants; employers; Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs); federal, state, and local agency partners such as state and local workforce investment boards; nonprofit organizations including faith-based and community organizations; the general public; and other interested stakeholders. This has been done through:
 
  • developing, conducting, and documenting extensive outreach efforts to national, state, and local employers to increase their awareness of the HVRP, HFVVWF, IVTP, and SD in order to increase employment and training opportunities for homeless veterans and veterans at risk of homelessness;
  • identifying, extracting, documenting, and sharing best practice or other case-study oriented overviews, as defined and directed by VETS; and
  • assisting VETS by suggesting and conducting research and program improvement based studies, as ultimately defined and directed by VETS.
 
Among the major accomplishments in this project, AHP has developed remote service-informed technical assistance and research-driven virtual training for a wide variety of grantees in settings ranging from urban to rural across the nation. Training topics include improving employment outcomes to justice involved veterans, approaches to job driven training in HVRP, and meeting the needs of veterans with behavioral health and other challenges. In addition, NVTAC has provided onsite grantee specific assistance to improve program operations, integrate use of best practices, and to achieve desired outcomes in Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, and San Francisco. NVTAC has developed a number of electronic and print materials including brief video interviews with experienced grantees, briefing papers, research results, and website updates.
 
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