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5 Years of Behavioral Health Innovation Paying Dividends (Part III)

By |April 30th, 2014|

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve reflected about some of the innovative strategies that we’ve implemented with our behavioral health community partners over the last several years to improve the health status of folks with a serious mental illness.  So far, I’ve covered integrated health homes and improvements to the crisis system.

On the kids […]

5 Years of Behavioral Health Innovation Paying Dividends (Part II)

By |April 22nd, 2014|

Over the next couple of weeks I’ll continue reflecting about some of the innovative strategies that we’ve implemented with our behavioral health community partners over the last several years to improve the health status of folks with a serious mental illness. Last week I wrote about the Integrated Health Homes initiative.

Another success has been improvements […]

5 Years of Behavioral Health Innovation Paying Dividends (Part I)

By |April 15th, 2014|

People with a serious mental illness die more than 30 years earlier than people without those challenges.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll be reflecting about some of the innovative strategies that we’ve implemented with our behavioral health community partners over the last several years to improve the health status of folks with a serious […]

And Now, the Rest of the State

By |April 7th, 2014|

Now that the transition to a new Behavioral Health Authority in Maricopa County is underway- we’re turning our attention to bringing integrated care to the rest of the state.  We’ll be working hard throughout 2014 to set the course for integrating behavioral health and physical health for folks with a serious mental illness as we […]

Today’s Arnold v. Sarn “Fairness Hearing” a Success

By |February 27th, 2014|

A few weeks ago the Governor announced a final agreement had been reached in the 32 year old Arnold vs. Sarn case regarding care and services for individuals with serious mental illness. The Settlement is the foundation to end the lawsuit while establishing a blueprint for a successful community-based behavioral health system in Arizona. 

This morning […]

Historic Arnold vs. Sarn Agreement Reached

By |January 8th, 2014|

The Governor today announced a final agreement has been reached in the Arnold vs. Sarn case regarding care and services for individuals with serious mental illness.  Litigation that commenced in 1981, the settlement ends a more than three-decade long lawsuit against the state and establishes a blueprint for a successful community-based behavioral health system in […]

Next Stop On the Due Process Express

By |December 17th, 2013|

As Cory mentioned in his blog last week, the ADOA recently affirmed our award of the Maricopa County integrated behavioral health services contract to Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care and lifted the Stay on transition activities. The Order from ADOA marked one more step in the process of implementing an integrated care model for folks living with a serious mental illness in Maricopa County.  

Magellan elected […]

SMI Eligibility Determination RFP

By |February 13th, 2013|

We just issued a Request for Proposal to find a contractor to make eligibility determinations regarding whether or not folks meet the criteria for determination as seriously mentally ill (SMI) in Maricopa County.   The idea is to have an objective process for eligibility determinations by contracting with an independent entity.  The contractor will be responsible […]

Behavioral Health Annual Report

By |January 10th, 2013|

Our Behavioral Health Services team just finished and published our FY 12 Annual Report.  The new report identifies the number of clients served by service area, funding category and program; and includes programmatic financial reports of revenues, expenditures and administrative costs.  In it, you’ll see that we received a total of about $1.46B in funding for FY 2012 for behavioral health services.  Our Agency […]

Integrated Care Responses On Deck

By |January 8th, 2013|

We all need to take care of both our physical and behavioral health needs in order to be healthy. The mind and body aren’t separated- and neither should the health-care delivery system- especially for folks with a serious mental illness. Folks with a serious mental illness die more than 25 years earlier than the general […]