BOSTON, Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Beacon Health Options (Beacon) announced today that the Washington State Health Care Authority has awarded the company a behavioral health administrative services contract in the "Early Adopter" Southwest Washington Regional Service Area (RSA). In April 2016, Clark and Skamania counties will become the first counties in the state to provide integrated, whole-person care to Apple Health (Medicaid) clients. As part of this new system, Beacon will administer behavioral health crisis services for all individuals in this RSA regardless of their insurance status or income level, as well as additional non-crisis services for eligible individuals who lack insurance coverage.
Beacon will partner with ProtoCall Services to provide a 24/7/365 regional crisis hotline. Additionally, it will partner with county agencies, managed care organizations, providers, and other community stakeholders to offer an accessible system of crisis response and mental health and substance use disorder services for eligible individuals.
"The services provided through the behavioral health ASO will help thousands of Southwest Washington region residents live a life of recovery, resiliency and independence," said Briana Duffy, Senior Vice President, National Client Partnerships–Western Region for Beacon Health Options. "It is gratifying to know that we can help the Washington State Health Care Authority ensure that high-quality behavioral health services are easily accessible to those who need them."
For more information about Washington State's Integrated Physical and Behavioral Health Care Initiative, please visit www.hca.wa.gov/hw/Pages/integrated_purchasing.aspx.
About Beacon Health Options
Beacon Health Options is a health improvement company that serves 48 million individuals across all 50 states and the United Kingdom. On behalf of employers, health plans and government agencies, we manage innovative programs and solutions that directly address the challenges our behavioral health care system faces today. Beacon is a national leader in the fields of mental and emotional wellbeing, addiction, recovery and resilience, employee assistance, and wellness. We help people make the difficult life changes needed to be healthier and more productive. Partnering with a network of providers nationwide, we help individuals live their lives to their fullest potential. For more information, visit www.beaconhealthoptions.com and connect with us on www.facebook.com/beaconhealthoptions and https://twitter.com/BeaconHealthOpt.
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