DMA develops evidence-based and measurement-driven collaboration, management, and financing strategies for organizations serving vulnerable people. Over the last three decades, the DMA team has developed statewide procurements and evaluations here in MA, developed service provision, billing and data collection workflows, implemented new federal revenue and waiver strategies, and researched and assisted in the implementation of evidence-based services for complex behavioral health markets across the country. DMA consultants know Massachusetts, and understand the costs of community care. We can help you think through the operational details, changes in workflows, and financing required to succeed in improving population health and bending the cost curve for MassHealth clients. The DMA team includes specialists in addiction policy, integrated health center operations, regulatory compliance and performance improvement.


policymakers, health purchasers, providers, and recovery support organizations. DMA brings a wide perspective from federal and international work. The team draws upon extensive work on mental health, substance use disorder, and primary care service delivery for the Medicaid population, and we understand systems change from experience in guiding research and strategy at all levels of care and in local, state, and federal government agencies. Recently, DMA has advised the Mass Housing and Shelter Alliance on pay for performance financing; developed practice guidance for the provision of Medication Assisted Treatment for pregnant and parenting women; assisted Massachusetts human service provider organizations with analyses of spending and staff compensation levels to educate legislators; facilitated transformation workgroups to prepare the Children’s Hospital Integrated Care Organization for the MassHealth Pilot ACO implementation; and led a learning collaborative on integrating Fairfax County, Virginia community behavioral health services with primary care.


DMA’s Shane McBride, MBA, was contracted by the South End Community Health Center to develop the health center response of the RFP for the MassHealth Primary Care Payment Reform Initiative (PCPRI), which was MassHealth’s pilot of bundled payments for primary care. The RFP was submitted independently, identifying the South End Community Health Center as wishing to collaborate with the Boston HealthNet consortium if selected. After the award, Shane oversaw the implementation and leadership of the program, which included developing a population health program and improving the measurement, management, and reporting of required data. In the first year of operation, MassHealth revenue increased by approximately $700,000.


The statements in this document are made solely by DMA Health Strategies. No statement in this document should be construed as an official position of or endorsement by Abt Associates Inc. or the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services.


DMA’s mission is to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of behavioral health and human services through the design and implementation of evidence based programs, proven management and measurement practices, and through consumer-directed services. The DMA team accomplishes this through facilitated strategic planning, organizational change management, policy research, data and project management.


  • For the last decade, DMA has supported BasicNeeds US, a nonprofit organization whose grants support a number of international mental health projects in low-income countries in Africa and South Asia.
  • DMA’s office for the last 28 years looks out on the Minuteman Bikeway, a very popular and well-traveled bike path, sometimes used by local Llamas!


  • “The overall quality of the design; the functionality of the site; its breadth of content; its practical utility for diverse audiences; and the ongoing commitment to maintain the site and continually refine it…make it a model.” – Michael A. Hoge, Ph.D., Senior Advisor
  • [We were] “struggling to get through the complex regulations and red tape but with your help we now have our mental health license and insurance contracts. We couldn’t have done it without you…” John McGahan, President and CEO, Gavin Foundation


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Consumer Engagement

Flexible Services

Health Information Technology (HIT)

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Population Health Management