State to Integrate Behavioral Health Services into Bayou Health

On December 1, 2015, Medicaid-funded behavioral health services will be transitioned to Bayou Heath. This means that most people who need these services will access them via a Bayou Health plan. Magellan, the current behavioral health services contractor, will only provide services to children in the Coordinated System of Care (CSoC). CSoC children have significant mental health issues and are at risk of institutionalization. They receive additional services including family supports and wrap around services to help them to stay at home with their families.

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State Freezes Waiver Slots

On Friday, October 20, 2015, the LA Department of Health and Hospitals announced that it is freezing New Opportunities (NOW), Children’s Choice, and Supports Waiver slots to address a mid-year budget deficit. The state will honor offers made over the last few months, and slots will be available for individuals who meet emergency criteria, are aging out of the Children’s Choice waiver, or are transitioning from public institutions (Pinecrest, Northlakes, Northwest, LA Special Education Center).

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