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.