Jonathan Brown

Jonathan Brown

Director of Health Policy Assessment
Areas of Expertise
  • Quality of care for children and adults with behavioral health conditions
  • Integration and coordination of mental health and primary care services
  • Early Childhood
  • Disability
  • Health
  • Early Childhood Systems
  • Health Care
  • Quality Measurement
  • Medicaid and CHIP
  • Population Health
About Jonathan

Jonathan Brown oversees Mathematica’s behavioral health projects and business development. His work focuses on improving behavioral health services for adults and children. Much of his work has examined strategies to improve the integration and coordination of care. He also has expertise in using Medicaid claims data to examine the quality and outcomes of behavioral health care.

Brown currently directs a national evaluation of the Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration program for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to examine the impact of providing primary care in community mental health centers. He also directs a national evaluation of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Demonstration for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) to examine how using a new model to reimburse community mental health centers for a common set of services improves the quality of care.

Brown has conducted several projects to develop behavioral health quality measures. With support from ASPE, SAMHSA, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), he led a project that developed measures for health plans and inpatient psychiatric facilities. Many of these measures have been endorsed by the National Quality Forum and are used in national quality reporting programs.

As a co-investigator of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Mental Health Services in Pediatric Primary Care, Brown has conducted work to develop strategies to improve the delivery of mental health services in primary care, including Maryland's Behavioral Health in Pediatric Primary Care Initiative. He recently completed a project sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health to develop and evaluate mental health skills training for medical assistants who work in primary care.

Brown has served on advisory and review panels for the Institute of Medicine, SAMHSA, and CMS. His work has been published in issue briefs and peer-reviewed journals, including Pediatrics, Psychiatric Services, Administration and Policy in Mental Health, and Evaluation and Program Planning. He holds a Ph.D. in health services research and a Master of health science in mental health from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health where he is also adjunct faculty.

Key Projects