Last month we approved the renewal of the fifth and final year of the Magellan behavioral health contract in Maricopa County. Before making the decision to grant the 5th year of the contract, our team assessed the progress that has been made in various areas, including access to and coordination of care; grievance and appeal processes; case manager expansion for kids and with complex needs; service utilization in the areas of supported employment, peer support and housing; and fiscal management. These performance measures focus on both quality and fiscal accountability, and most of these key measures demonstrate progress toward meeting or exceeding the performance expectations. Magellan has demonstrated a successful strategic allocation of funds toward high risk populations while minimizing administrative overhead expenses. Because we need to realign the contract year for Maricopa County back to the standard state Fiscal Year; however, Year 5 will run from September 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012.
About the Director
Cara M. Christ, M.D., M.S. became Director for the Arizona Department of Health Services in May 2015. Dr. Christ has served the agency for more than nine years. Among her many accomplishments at ADHS, Dr. Christ collaborated with health partners and stakeholders to develop strategic plans for infectious disease prevention and control including the Governor’s Council on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response. She was involved in leading statewide efforts during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, and worked with partners to find solutions to improve childhood vaccination programs. In 2012, Dr. Christ managed the development and implementation of 20 Articles of Arizona Administrative Code for Health Care Institutions allowing integration of physical and behavioral health services statewide. Dr. Christ obtained her master's degree in microbiology with an emphasis in molecular virology and public health. She earned her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Follow the Director on Twitter @DrCaraChrist.
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