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Behavioral Health Services in SE Arizona

September 27th, 2010

Folks that receive publicly-funded behavioral health services in Cochise, Santa Cruz, Greenlee and Graham Counties will soon transition to a new Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA).  In March, ADHS awarded contracts for all of the areas outside of Maricopa County.  We awarded the contract for Cochise, Santa Cruz, Greenlee and Graham Counties to Cenpatico Behavioral Health of Arizona (Cenpatico) but Community Partnership of Southern Arizona (CPSA) challenged our decision, suspending the transition.  That challenge has now been resolved and beginning December 1, 2010, Cenpatico will operate as the RBHA for these counties.  There are approximately 5,300 adults and children receiving publicly-funded behavioral health services in these counties.

A special thanks go out to our Procurement Team and all of the folks that were involved in the review and evaluation process.  The procurement process is rigorous and demanding, and our team did a very good job crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s to make sure that the whole process was done by the book.

Behavioral Health Services in SE Arizona

September 13th, 2010

Folks that receive publicly-funded behavioral health services in Cochise, Santa Cruz, Greenlee and Graham Counties will soon transition to a new Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA).  In March, ADHS awarded contracts for all of the areas outside of Maricopa County.  We awarded the contract for Cochise, Santa Cruz, Greenlee and Graham Counties to Cenpatico Behavioral Health of Arizona (Cenpatico) but Community Partnership of Southern Arizona (CPSA) challenged our decision, which suspended the transition.  That challenge has now been resolved and beginning December 1, 2010, Cenpatico will operate as the RBHA for these counties; currently there are approximately 5,300 adults and children receiving publicly-funded behavioral health services in these counties.

A special thanks go out to our Procurement team and all of the folks who were involved in the review and evaluation process.  The procurement process is rigorous and demanding, and our team did a very good job crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s to make sure that the whole process was done by the book.

Behavioral Health Performance Improvements

September 7th, 2010

By working closely with our behavioral health contractors over the last couple of years we’ve been able to make some significant improvements in the quality of care that we’re providing.  Examples of our accomplishments are available in newly created outcome dashboards developed by CPSA, NARBHA, Cenpatico and Magellan.  The dashboards provide monthly reports using web-based tools, are accessible to anyone and highlight indicators of quality of care for recipients and their families that they can use for consumer choice.

In addition, some of our contractors have been summarizing additional performance measures that demonstrate progress.  One example is the new accomplishments report put together for us by Magellan Health Services of Arizona, the organization we have contracted with to manage the Maricopa County system.  Elements in the report include:

1) Fewer readmissions once a recipient has an inpatient stay at one of the county’s psychiatric hospitals;

2) An increase of 759 housing and residential units/ beds for folks with serious mental illness;

3) A large decrease in the use of residential settings for children- meaning more kids are staying in their homes, communities and schools; and

4) A successful suicide intervention and prevention initiative that has now trained more than 1000 members of the behavioral healthcare workforce to be better equipped to assess and prevent suicide.

If you’re interested in more, you can check out the full report. (Note:  it is a large file and may take awhile to open.)

Greater AZ RFP Awards

March 17th, 2010

Today, we announced who will handle behavioral health care in Arizona except for Maricopa County starting in July.  Northern Arizona Behavioral Health Authority, Cenpatico Behavioral Health of Arizona, and Community Partnership of Southern Arizona won the contracts.

We’re excited about the content in these new contracts.  They are taking consumer choice and voice to a new level by including specific and measurable touchstones that drive home the recovery model

Every 3 to 5 years, the ADHS goes out to bid to find contractors to act as our Regional & Tribal Behavioral Health Authorities (RBHAs and TRBHAs) to deliver behavioral health services across the state.  RBHAs and TRBHAs contract with a network of service providers to deliver behavioral health care services, including behavioral health prevention programs for adults and children, services for adults with substance abuse and general mental health disorders, adults with serious mental illness, and children with serious emotional disturbance.

Since we’re in our 5th year of our contracts with all of the contractors (except for Magellan, our contractor in Maricopa County), we released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for each of the service areas outside of Maricopa County in October 2009.  Since then, the procurement process has progressed through each of the required phases of the decision making process, and the awards for the next contract period were announced today.  You can see the award announcement in our media release today.

A special thanks go out to our Procurement team and all of the folks that were involved in the review and evaluation process.  The procurement process is rigorous and demanding, and our team did a very good job crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s to make sure that the whole process was done by the book.  Thank you.