The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has developed a strategic plan based on the position that in order to be healthy, we need to take care of both our physical and behavioral health needs. The body and mind are not separate and thus, neither should the health care delivery system, especially for those with serious mental illness. People with serious mental illness die more than 25 years before the general population mostly from modifiable risk factors like smoking, obesity, substance abuse, and no access to primary and acute medical care. In response to this health disparity, ADHS created a strategic plan that includes integrating behavioral and acute health care. ADHS put out a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the delivery of behavioral health services in Maricopa County and received bids from Magellan Complete Care of Arizona, Inc.; Cenpatico of Arizona, LLC; Arizona Physicians IPA, Inc. (APIPA); United Healthcare Whole Health; Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care; and Partners in Integrated Health, LLC. ADHS evaluators will soon begin analyzing these bidders to determine which one will win the contract to deliver preventative, acute and primary care with recovery-based behavioral health to Maricopa County’s public behavioral health system beginning on October 1, 2013.
Read the related ADHS blog post and access their blog roll: http://directorsblog.health.azdhs.gov/?tag=partners-in-integrated-health