Update on the Governor’s Budget Proposal Regarding Persons with Serious Mental Illness

By | January 15th, 2011|Behavioral Health|

On January 15, 2011, Governor Brewer released her proposed budget for next fiscal year (which begins July 1, 2011). One of the budget items would change AHCCCS (Medicaid) eligibility for adults without children (called childless adults). The ADHS currently provides behavioral health services to approximately 5,200 persons with serious mental illnesses that are childless adults. [...]

2011 Department Priorities Spotlight- Behavioral Health

By | December 13th, 2010|Behavioral Health|

Last week, I outlined goals and priorities for the Licensing Division in the coming year.  This week I’ll hit on the Division of Behavioral Health… One of our primary objectives will be to better integrate behavioral health, physical health, and wellness at the "retail" level (i.e. at the point of care).  By strengthening integration and [...]

Children’s Rehabilitative Services Transferring to AHCCCS January 1

By | October 1st, 2010|Prevention|

AHCCCS will take over the administrative oversight (and the statutory responsibilities) of the Children’s Rehabilitative Services (CRS) program on January 1.  The CRS program (which began in the 1920s as the Crippled Children's Program) provides medical care and support services to kids who have certain chronic or disabling conditions.  This administrative change won’t impact the kids [...]

Behavioral Health Medicine Transition Update

By | September 9th, 2010|Behavioral Health|

As you recall, the ADHS budget reduction last fiscal year required us to scale back the services we provide to folks who were receiving behavioral health services but don’t qualify for AHCCCS (called Non-Title XIX).  We also needed to switch to a “generic formulary” for Non-Title XIX folks on July 1 (which saves about $7M/year).  [...]

Health and Safety of Residential Clients Protected

By | August 17th, 2010|General|

Last month, the City of Phoenix submitted a complaint against a supervisory care center in Phoenix, alleging neglect of the residents.  Our team from Assisted Living Licensing worked with the Phoenix Police Department, Phoenix Fire Department, and a Phoenix neighborhood association to conduct an investigation of the supervisory care center.  The investigation substantiated that approximately [...]

Behavioral Health Services Package Preparations

By | July 1st, 2010|Behavioral Health|

Our behavioral health team has been working for months to ensure a smooth transition to the new behavioral health service package for our folks that are receiving services but don’t qualify for AHCCCS benefits. We’re continuing to update our  Guidelines Fact Sheet and our guidance to contractors regarding services to Non-Title XIX members with serious [...]

Behavioral Health Service “Conversions”

By | June 3rd, 2010|Behavioral Health|

As I’ve mentioned in previous updates, the service package for folks with serious mental illnesses that don’t qualify for our state Medicaid program (AHCCCS) is being reduced beginning July 1 because of budget reductions.  As a result, it’s more important than ever to make sure that everybody that may qualify has the opportunity top get [...]

Proposition 100

By | May 14th, 2010|General, Licensing, Preparedness, Prevention|

Next Tuesday is the Special Election for Proposition 100.  It’s a 3-year, 1 cent sales tax that would benefit education, public safety and health services.  According to Section 149 of the budget bill that was passed last session, “If proposition 100 is not approved by the voters at the May 18, 2010 special election, notwithstanding any [...]

Do You Know Your Blood Pressure?

By | March 1st, 2010|General|

High blood pressure is at the source of roughly one in six deaths among adults annually. About one in three adult Arizonans have blood pressure that’s too high, putting huge economic demands on Medicaid, Medicare (AHCCCS) and our private health insurers (plus, of course, the loss of life).  The Institute of Medicine put out a [...]