Maricopa County Integrated RBHA Selected
Today marks a historic time in the delivery of behavioral health services in Arizona. For the first time we will have a system that is designed to look at the whole person when it comes to delivery of health care…not just what funding stream they entered the system using. This is important because accessing health care is critical to quality of life. The opportunity to bring a coordinated system of care to our behavioral health community will led to fewer lives lost to preventable and treatable physical illnesses. At 12:00pm MST today the Department of Health awarded the contract to manage the Maricopa County Integrated Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) to Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care.
Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care brings some exciting ideas to the table while building on the great things already happening in our system. They will grow integrated delivery sites from the current four (4) co-located sites to twenty (20) integrated sites. What’s the difference between co-location and integration? Simply put, co-location works great at a specific site because providers are available to help a person with both behavioral health and physical health needs…Integration expands that coordination of care beyond just the one site so the person’s whole health is taken into consideration at every site they access services. Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care provided the department with the best example of integration and recovery oriented services through an extensive community based approach. They reached out to critical stakeholders, took their input seriously and used it to develop an approach that will improve the lives of thousands of Arizonans.
I encourage you to read more about the new RBHA on our procurement site and take a look at the short overview document on the BHS website to get a feel for what this new approach will look like. You will see that this truly represents and incredible collaboration that will improve people’s lives.
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