Behavioral Health Systems Needs and Gaps Analyses


NRI’s 30 years of experience with state behavioral health data provides state systems with comprehensive needs and gap analyses for effective planning


State Behavioral Health Systems need to be efficient and effective to provide its clients the right care at the right time in the right place and at the right price. NRI’s unparalleled expertise with national and state behavioral health data provides comparative information from other states to offer a broad perspective of similarities and differences in an effort to better inform policy decisions. We can highlight innovative models that have proven effective and sustainable in other systems toward the goal of providing accessible, high quality, affordable care.


NRI will partner with the senior leadership team of the State Behavioral Agency to examine the existing state and community resources to assess the adequacy, efficiency, and opportunities for improvement. Our approach utilizes both qualitative and quantitative analysis and provides the national and regional contexts of the findings to strengthen budget and policy decisions.


Some recent priorities for states we have worked with include:


  • Impact of the Affordable Care Act and projecting the future need for public behavioral healthcare services

  • Trends in the financing of behavioral health services with comparisons and contrasts to systems with similar size and  structure

  • Innovative approaches to maximizing alternative payer sources

  • Assessment of community-based service capacity, existing mix of available services, and identification of service gaps

  • Right-sizing inpatient psychiatric services

  • Gap analysis to produce quantitative projections of unmet and under-met need for services

  • Suggestions for expanded use of new evidence-based practices

  • Meeting the needs of consumers with complex health issues

  • Effective models for serving behavioral health consumers with justice system involvement

  • Leveraging technology to enhance and expand current services

  • Historical trends in service utilization and future projections based on changing state demographics