Substance Abuse Rate Setting & Financial Analysis

Maine Department of Health and Human Services
Co-occurring State Integration Initiative

In 2005, HZA was awarded the evaluation component of the five-year State Incentive Grant for Treatment of Persons with Co-occurring Substance Related and Mental Health Disorders. The goal of this multi-year project, funded by a grant from SAMHSA, was to institute broad and far reaching changes in the services offered to the estimated 10,000 people across Maine who experience simultaneous psychiatric and alcohol or drug related disorders. HZA developed a case tracking and evaluation database used by 30 agencies across the state who enrolled over 1,000 people in the evaluation of both process and outcome measures. By examining Medicaid claims HZA also performed a cost effectiveness analysis using a quasi-experimental design. HZA found co-occurring services to be cost effective, producing a 22 percent savings per person over the comparison group. Much of the savings resulted from reduced services for physical health care and emergency room visits.


Northeast Regional Expert Team
Technical Assistance and Training

HZA was contracted by the Northeast Regional Expert Team, a SAMHSA-funded technical assistance agency, to provide training and technical assistance to grantees in the Northeast Region. HZA developed and carried out a series of webinars and provided face-to-face and telephone technical assistance for an evaluation to state incentive grantees on topics relating to the evaluation of social marketing and related prevention strategies.