Yesterday (December 3, 2013) the Deputy Director of the Arizona Department of Administration issued an Order affirming the Department of Health Services award of the GSA6 Integrated Care RBHA contract to Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care. In his Order the Deputy Director of ADOA indicates that the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) found that the “Appellant Magellan did not establish its burden for any argument in the Protest considered at hearing” and therefore “Appellant Magellan did not establish that ADOA is required to rescind ADHS’s award of the 2013 RBHA contract to MMIC.” The Deputy Director’s acceptance of the recommendation of the ALJ in full continues to demonstrate the Department’s compliance with all aspects of the procurement process.
The Order from ADOA marks one more step in the process of implementing an integrated care model for the SMI population in Maricopa County. Magellan does continue to have appeal rights to Superior Court so we will continue to work through those processes if or when they occur. We will also continue to work with Magellan in the day to day management of the current GSA6 contract. The continued management and delivery of a quality behavioral health system is important to all our members and providers and we are committed to seeing that any activities associated with the contract award or transition activities do not adversely impact members.