Expected Impact of Health Care Reform on the Organization and Service Delivery of Publicly Funded Addiction Health Services

Adm Policy Ment Health. 2017 Jul;44(4):463-469. doi: 10.1007/s10488-015-0662-9.


Little is known about how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be implemented in publicly funded addiction health services (AHS) organizations. Guided by a conceptual model of implementation of new practices in health care systems, this study relied on qualitative data collected in 2013 from 30 AHS clinical supervisors in Los Angeles County, California. Interviews were transcribed, coded, and analyzed using a constructivist grounded theory approach with ATLAS.ti software. Supervisors expected several potential effects of ACA implementation, including increased use of AHS services, shifts in the duration and intensity of AHS services, and workforce professionalization. However, supervisors were not prepared for actions to align their programs' strategic change plans with policy expectations. Findings point to the need for health care policy interventions to help treatment providers effectively respond to ACA principles of improving standards of care and reducing disparities.

Keywords: Addiction health services; Health care reform; Organizational change.

MeSH terms

  • Financing, Government / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Financing, Government / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Los Angeles
  • Organizational Innovation
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act*
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Centers / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Centers / organization & administration
  • United States