The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced it had recommended that Magellan Health Services, Avon, Conn., be chosen for a contract to oversee the program that will provide behavioral health to 100,000 adults and 50,000 children.
La. health department recommends Magellan to oversee behavioral health program
The contract overseeing a $100 million program calls for Magellan to manage a “statewide management organization,” which will enroll children and adults through a number of state groups that are coordinated by the new Louisiana Behavioral Health Partnership. The partnership was created by the state to improve coordination of behavioral health services for eligible children and adults with serious mental illness and addictive disorders, according to a news release. “By tackling today's fragmented bureaucracy and replacing it with a comprehensive behavioral healthcare system that is easier to access and navigate, our state's children and families will more easily reach their full health and wellness potential,” said Bruce Greenstein, secretary of the department.
According to the state, three other companies bid on the contract: a company owned by AmeriHealth, Philadelphia; an affiliate of Cenpatico, Austin, Texas; and Value Options, Norfolk, Va.
The SMO is scheduled to start March 1 of next year after the selection of Magellan is approved by the state Division of Administration and the contract is approved by the CMS. The contract is for two years with an option for a third year, according to a spokeswoman.
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