Posts Tagged ‘Greater AZ RFP’

Greater Arizona RFP Released Today!

July 7th, 2014

Today we released the Greater Arizona RFP for Integrated care. The RFP will encompass the fourteen counties outside of the greater Phoenix Area (Maricopa County) and will be split in two Geographic Service Areas (GSA’s). The North GSA will include the following counties: Apache, Coconino, Gila, Mohave, Navajo, Yavapai and a small portion of Graham County (zip code 85530).  The South GSA will include Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz and Yuma Counties.

A great deal of thought and research went into these GSA configurations including resident travel patterns, availability of behavioral, primary and specialty care and tribal land alignment.  While no alignment completely meets the needs and desires of every resident we believe this alignment will provide for the best care outcomes for the individuals served under these contracts.

Bidders will be required to submit their bids in early October.  Once all bids are submitted the evaluation process will begin with an anticipated award prior to the end of 2014.  New contracts for the two new GSA’s will begin on October 1, 2015.

This is an exciting time for Arizona as we will have statewide integration of behavioral health and primary care for one of our most vulnerable populations, individuals diagnosed with a Serious Mental Illness (SMI).  Most studies indicate that individuals with an SMI die as much as 25 years earlier than the general population, many times from preventable illnesses.  Providing compassionate and coordinated care for this population will lead to an improved quality of life while managing costs associated with chronic conditions.

Stay tuned for additional information on the RFP process and follow the process at our Procurement Website or through the ADHS link.

Greater Arizona Tribal Consultation

February 24th, 2014

Last week I had the opportunity to meet with individuals representing the behavioral health interests of tribal members both on and off the reservations.  We had a great discussion about opportunties to improve service delivery to members as we prepare for the Greater Arizona RFP.  These discussions allow us to really examine how we best utilize our resources, coordinate care and improve outcomes for tribal members no matter where they seek health care services.  One common theme that resounded throughout the meeting was the need to improve coordination between RBHA’s, T/RBHA’s, 638 providers, IHS facilities and other health care providers and health plans that all serve members.  This area will receive additional focus as we consider what the Greater Arizona RFP will ultimately look like.

Greater Arizona RFI Posted

December 9th, 2013

Our Procurement Office posted a Request For Information (RFI) for Greater Arizona Behavioral Health Services earlier today.  The RFI is seeking input concerning the delivery of behavioral health services for all parts of Arizona outside of Maricopa County.  The existing contracts for service delivery in this area expire on September 30, 2015.  While that may sound like a long time from now it is important to gather all the information we can in preparation to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP).  The RFP will likely be issued in the Summer of 2014 with Proposals being due in the Fall of 2014 and a selection of vendors in late 2014 or early 2015.  This timeline should allow for a smooth implementation of new contracts beginning in October 2015.

behavioral health focus groups

September 25th, 2013

ADHS is holding a series of focus groups for persons receiving care through Arizona’s public behavioral health system (also referred to as members).  Their family members are also invited to participate.  At this time the focus groups are ONLY for members and their family members.  There will be additional focus groups for providers and other stakeholders.

The purpose of these meetings is to gather input for the next contract to provide behavioral health services throughout the State, excluding Maricopa County.  The areas outside of Maricopa County are referred to as Greater Arizona.

Bisbee:  September 25, 2013, 2:30 – 4pm at the Bisbee Community Y located at 26 Howell Ave. Phone 520-432-3542.

Tucson: September 26, 2013, 2:30 – 4 pm at HOPE, Inc. located at 1200 N. Country Club. Phone 520-770-1197.

Payson: October 2, 2013, 12:30 – 2 pm at Empowerment Center located at 107 E. Aero Dr. Phone 928-474-2668.

Additional focus groups are being planned and more information will be posted in this blog as it becomes available.  If you have any questions about these focus groups please call Chaz at 602-364-4662.

Beginning conversations about Greater AZ RFP

July 19th, 2013

From the 14th annual summer institute held by ASU’s Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy:

The Division partnered this year with ASU to conduct a town hall conversation with Summer Institute attendees on the topic of behavioral and primary care integration and design elements for the next greater Arizona RFP (greater Arizona encompasses every County in the state other than Maricopa County).

The town hall was moderated by Dr. Michael S. Shafer, Professor at the School of Social Work and Director for the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy at ASU.  Representatives from the Division participated and facilitated the conversation.  They included Cory Nelson, Deputy Director, Victoria Navarra, Program Administrator for the Office of Health Care Development, and Kristin Frounfelker, Assistant Deputy Director (who also represented AHCCCS during this forum).

Over 330 people participated in the town hall – providers from both public and private entities, RBHAs and TRBHAs representatives, city, state and county leadership, members and family members, educational institutions’ representatives, jails/corrections representatives and many others. 

Unlike previous year’s town hall meetings at the summer institute, this year’s was not a panel presentation but rather a two-way conversation to obtain recommendations from the audience.

This is only one of many other opportunities that are being planned for Arizonans to provide input into the public behavioral health system.  Stay tuned following this blog to learn about those opportunities when available.   Note: you can subscribe to this blog to receive emails every time there’s a new!  If you wish to subscribe click here.