Kansas Medicaid: Evaluating Program Satisfaction, Access to Care, and Unmet Needs of Adults with Serious Mental Illness
The purpose of this project is to evaluate program satisfaction, access to care and unmet needs for Kansas Medicaid (KanCare) enrollees with serious mental illness (SMI) and identify factors associated with these outcomes. In partnership with Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs), the project will conduct surveys with Medicaid enrollees across the state to document their experiences and concerns. Project findings can be used to assess the capacity of Kansas Medicaid to meet the needs of current beneficiaries as well as to identify areas of capacity-building needed to support effective Medicaid expansion for people with SMI in Kansas. The project is especially timely as the state of Kansas begins the process of awarding new contracts for the administration of its Medicaid program. Project activities will identify components of KanCare coverage that are perceived as most helpful and those that may need modification. Additionally, experiences of subpopulations of people with SMI, such as older/younger, male/female, those with schizophrenia/depression, etc. will be examined, so that their specific needs can be identified and addressed. The proposed project will provide important information to policy makers and providers regarding consumers¿ experiences with Kansas Medicaid. It is our expectation that project findings will be used by the state and others to implement needed policy and practice changes to better serve and improve health outcomes for people with SMI now and in the future.
Jean P. Hall, PhD