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  • Behavioral Health clients won't be affected by changes in RBHA

    Oct 01, 2015 | Read More News
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    Behavioral healthThe recent announcement of a change of the State’s Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) will not affect the quality of care offered to community members in mental health crisis. Cenpatico of Arizona was recently awarded the State of Arizona Department of Behavioral Health Services’ three-year contract to administer behavioral health services in Southern Arizona, a change that takes effect today, October 1, 2015.

    RBHA’s oversee behavioral health care for children and adults with behavioral health or substance-use issues, mostly through funding by the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (the state’s Medicaid program). 

    “For anyone in Pima County receiving behavioral health services, there should be no disruption in their services during the transition,” said Cenpatico Integrated Care CEO Terry Stevens. “We are confident residents will like the high quality, innovative care we are bringing to Pima County that will improve the lives of those receiving behavioral health services.”

    Pima County oversees the Crisis Response Center (CRC) and the Behavioral Health Pavilion (BHP), approved by Pima County voters through bond elections in 2004 and 2006, to build the infrastructure to provide law enforcement a single drop-off point where those in mental health crisis would receive immediate and appropriate care, as well as serve walk-ins and referrals from area hospitals. The intent was to free law enforcement to return to service more quickly and also significantly decrease the number of mentally ill waiting in emergency rooms or those taken to jail. 

    The buildings were completed and services started 2011. Pima County continues to ensure that both the CRC and BHP are leased to operators that share in Pima County’s vision of crisis service delivery and access to care for all those in need in the community.

    “The RBHA change will not affect Pima County’s commitment to ensuring that folks get the care they need, especially those in crisis,” said Pima County Behavioral Health Administrator, Danna Whiting. “We will keep an eye on changes in the system, but we don’t anticipate any lapses in services in our community. We will continue to ensure that community members have adequate access to care and that law enforcement continues to have a single drop off point for persons in mental health crisis.”

    The Community-Wide Crisis Line, 520-622-6000, will continue to function. For questions regarding the changes call Cenpatico’s Customer Service Center at 1-866-495-6738.

    “Our mission, vision and oversight responsibility will not change with this transition,” said County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. “Pima County continues to be a tireless advocate for people in our community suffering from mental illness and the scourge of substance abuse.”