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Mental health services expanded in Livingston County

Livingston County will be receiving additional mental health intensive care management and coordination services for Medicaid beneficiaries.

On Tuesday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)  announced they were expanding their Behavioral Health Home (BHH) initiative to more Michigan counties, including Livingston, to provide support services for beneficiaries with a serious mental illness (SMI) or serious emotional disturbance (SED).

“The expansion of the BHH will help address the complexity of physical and behavioral health conditions in Michigan and improve access to essential services,” said Elizabeth Hertel, director of MDHHS. “For enrolled beneficiaries, the Health Home will function as the central point of contact for directing patient-centered care across the broader health care system.”

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently approved Michigan’s State Plan Amendment (SPA) to expand its BHH initiative into five counties within two Prepaid Inpatient Health Plan regions (PIHP): CMH Partnership of Southeast Michigan, which includes Livingston County, and Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network.

The expanded SPA will allow thousands of Medicaid beneficiaries meeting the eligibility criteria to receive BHH services.

Individuals who meet the criteria can work with a team of providers who will attend to the beneficiary’s complete health and social needs. Participation is voluntary and enrolled beneficiaries may opt out at any time.

According to a 2019 report, half of Michigan Medicaid beneficiaries with a mental illness do not receive needed treatment in a given year. Officials say Behavioral Health Homes are a proven model to increase access to coordinated and integrated care, which is especially important during the pandemic.

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