Behavioral Health

Enhancing behavioral health prevention, treatment, and recovery systems of care to improve access and quality

Third Horizon Strategies understands that behavioral health is critical to overall health. Federal and state legislative changes, incentives for payers and providers to integrate behavioral and physical health, and increasing demand for services are changing how mental health and addiction services are delivered and paid for. Care delivery systems with workforce capacity, infrastructure, and aligned financial incentives can increase access to comprehensive, high-quality care for people with behavioral health needs. The firm helps organizations identify innovative care models and form partnerships to promote community behavioral health and integration, improve outcomes, and drive down the total cost of care. Since 2018, the firm’s leadership has supported the work of the Alliance for Addiction Payment Reform – an alliance focused on developing strategies to establish a structure that promotes an integrated treatment and recovery network.


Recent Thought Leadership

2024 Watch: Funding for Community Behavioral Health

The behavioral health funding landscape is ever-changing as America grapples with increasing demands for mental health and substance use disorder services. Third Horizon Strategies (THS) is a strategic advisory firm focused on helping stakeholders improve systems so...

New Guide Helps CCBHCs Develop Value Proposition

Third Horizon Strategies is proud to announce the release of a new tool, "Developing Your Value Proposition: A Guide for CCBHCs", produced in partnership with the National Council for Mental Wellbeing CCBHC National Training and Technical Assistance Center. Throughout...

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What We Do


Conduct environmental scans, data analytics, focus groups, and key informant interviews to ascertain gaps, demand, and opportunities to enhance mental health and substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery 

Strategy & Technical Assistance

Provide strategic planning and leadership development on change management for organizations, help providers navigate and improve programs and services, and advise private philanthropy on behavioral health grantmaking strategy 

Delivery System Redesign

Facilitate robust stakeholder engagement processes and research, evaluate care models, and provide recommendations and implementation support to improve publicly and privately funded behavioral health services and crisis care 


Host convenings to inform and advance policies; conduct analyses on budget implications, service delivery, and payment reform efforts at the local, state, and national level; assist providers in navigating complex regulatory and licensing processes

Lead Contact

Mindy Klowden

Managing Director for Behavioral Health

Mindy Klowden, MNM is a national consultant, leader, and strategist in behavioral health and integrated care. As the managing director for behavioral health, she provides overall stewardship over THS’ behavioral health and community health consulting practice areas and strategy. Mindy also manages client relationships and deliverables, conducts research and policy analysis, and provides strategic consulting and expert facilitation services to state and local government agencies, health systems, safety net providers, payers, and associations.



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Community Health

Advancing the vitality of all communities through digital and person-centered solutions to strengthen health and social services

Market Analytics

Unlocking insights from new payer and provider pricing records, along with other data sets, to drive market efficiency and a transparent, patient-centric health care ecosystem

Payment Design

Designing incentive structures to strengthen capacity, increase efficiency, and support high-quality care for individuals, families, and communities

Workplace Well-being

Empowering organizations and their people with services and tools to navigate work and life in the healthiest way possible