i2i Project Skills:
A Collaborative Approach to Consumer Engagement in NC
Consumer Engagement: Leveling the Playing Field
Consumer Engagement: Building Organizational Support
In 2021, the i2i Center for Integrative Health and the NC Community Health Centers Association were awarded a one-year Delta Center for a Thriving Public Safety Net alumni grant related to value-based care. Under this grant, i2i convened a Collaborative group to define, from the perspective of service users, the value of care management as it is structured within Medicaid Transformation. This Collaborative was able to consider care management in a larger context, as a role that is crucial to addressing racial and health equity issues and the pandemic.
In December 2021, the Collaborative concluded its work with recommendations that are both broad and specific and do not just affect care management agencies, but cut across stakeholder lines as well, and should be reviewed and considered for implementation by Care Management Agencies, NC DHHS, LME/MCOs, PHPs and Advocates. These recommendations are detailed in a White Paper titled Defining the Value of Care Management for Consumers, Families and Individuals with Lived Experience in North Carolina: A Collaborative Approach. A Summary of the Recommendations is also available.
The Collaborative was able to define the value of care management to consumers and families by considering “What would make care management valuable and successful from the perspective of the consumer and family?” The collaborative looked and made substantive recommendations that address: the comprehensive assessment process, racial and health equity questions, data integration and outcomes and the care manager training and qualifications. As a result, a Consumer-Care Manager Engagement Sheet was created. This sheet is designed to be used by consumers and family members to create a dynamic discussion with their Care Manager during the initial assessment and to initiate a dynamic relationship that includes trust and strong communication. The critical importance of this dynamic is to ensure success, as defined by the consumer, in services and supports which then increases the value of the services.
The Consumer-Care Manager Engagement Sheet is a FREE resource that i2i encourages all groups—especially organizations that benefit consumers—to distribute widely and share as appropriate.
i2i Equal Voice Collaborative Model
Another positive result of this work has been the creation and piloting of a new collaborative model – i2i Equal Voice Collaborative Model, which can be replicated, and which brings consumers, families, persons with lived experience, advocates, and professionals to the same table with an understanding and focus on the equal value of each perspective.
The i2i Equal Voice Collaborative Model is receiving national recognition by the Delta Center. The Delta Center for a Thriving Safety Net produced three videos that describe the i2i Equal Voice Collaborative Model process and lessons learned from the participants. Video 1 focuses on the Collaborative as a whole. Video 2 addresses important aspects of the engagement process, consumer participation, and leveling the playing field; and the Video 3 discusses the importance of rethinking how organizations engage with consumers and build trust.
Collaborative Model Facilitation
i2i is available to facilitate the use of the i2i Equal Voice Collaborative Model to resolve complex issues for your organization and its stakeholders. Contact Ann Rodriguez at (919) 744-7937 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Collaborative Members included:
Consumer and Family Member Collaborative Recommendations on Care Management Summary
Consumer – Care Manager Engagement Sheet
White Paper – Defining the Value of Care Management for Consumers, Families and Individuals with Lived Experience in North Carolina: A Collaborative Approach.
Delta Center – NC Collaborative Spotlight
Delta Center Key Lessons on Meaningful Consumer and Family Engagement from North Carolina
Handout from webinar given to Collaborative Members by NC DHHS staff on Tailored Care Management: Overview of the AMH+ and CMA Model
Alternative Payment Model Framework Fact Sheet: http://hcp-lan.org/workproducts/apm-factsheet.pdf
Beyond Health Care: The Role of Social Determinants in Promoting Health and Health Equity
Article February 28, 2021 Healthy Opportunities Pilots to Further Whole Person Care
RFA Pre-Release Spells Out Requirements For BH/IDD Tailored Plans March 12, 2020
Transition Of Care Across Medicaid Plans Detailed In Concept Paper March 1, 2020
Care Management: A Core Function In The BH/IDD Tailored Plan News Update 2/11/20
More Detail Released On Care Management In The Tailored Plans June 5, 2019
January 31, 2019 – Tailored Plan Care Management Becomes Clearer
September 19, 2018 – Advanced Medical Home Resources Available
August 15, 2018 – NC DHHS Puts More Meat On Medicaid Transformation Bones – Care Management/General
We want to thank the Organizations that made donations to Support Consumer/Family Compensation to Participate in Collaborative