Glossary of Terms

Balancing Incentive Plan (BIP)
Authorizes federal grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports as of October 1, 2011.
Behavioral Health (BH)
A term that includes both mental health conditions and substance use disorders.
Behavioral Health Care Collaboratives (BHCC)
A group of agencies representing the full continuum of care available in a geographic area may apply to become a Behavioral Health Care Collaborative (BHCC). Designated BHCCs are made of a lead agency and their network. To prepare for VBP, Behavioral Health Care Collaboratives (BHCCs) will invest in infrastructure to improve health outcomes, manage costs, and participate in VBP arrangements as defined in the NYS VBP Roadmap.
Behavioral Health Information Technology (BHIT)
NYS created a Behavioral Health Information Technology Grant Program (BH-IT). Grant priority is given to HCBS providers most in need of supports. These grants help providers with Health Information Technology (HIT) scoping and vendor qualifications, and initial purchase of licenses, system upgrades, and/or implementation and technical assistance for Electronic Health Records (EHR) and/or Electronic Billing Systems (EBS).
Behavioral Health Organization (BHO)
Responsible for concurrent inpatient utilization review, monitoring inpatient discharge planning, and working with inpatient facilities, outpatient providers, and local governments to ensure appropriate service planning and continuity of care for high needs individuals with mental illness. MCOs can subcontract BHOs to oversee behavioral health services.
Behavioral Health Professional
An individual with an advanced degree in the mental health or addictions field who holds an active, unrestricted license to practice independently. Can also be an individual with an associate's degree or higher in nursing who is a registered nurse with three years of experience in a mental health or addictions setting.
A consumer, or his or her dependent, who enrolls with a managed care plan, and is entitled to receive coverage and payment for health care products and services covered by the contract with the plan.