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Everything we do at Spectrum is to help our community feel better. We don’t do it for praise or acknowledgement, but to help our patients, clients, neighbors and friends get healthy and stay well. And although we don’t do it for recognition, it is so incredibly nice when our community recognizes our mission and joins with us.

We were thrilled and honored when our Mobile Crisis Team recently received this award from the Clarkdale and Jerome Police Departments. It reads:

“On February 1, 2017, Spectrum Behavior Health’s Mobile Crisis Response Team celebrated their one year anniversary for serving Easy Yavapai County. The team responds to scenes involving people in mental and emotional crisis. This flagship model program has been invaluable to their law enforcement partners, saving countless hours of field time for officers over the past year. Prior to the implementation of the mobile team, the only option police were afforded with mentally unstable citizens was to arrest and transport them to the service providers. Through the vision, prudence, resolve, and revelation, this team has greatly improved the quality of life in our area. By their exemplary service, unyielding commitment to excellence and humanitarian regard for their fellow man, Spectrum has reflected great credit upon their staff and their entire organization. It is with great gratitude that the Clarkdale and Jerome Police Departments recognize your selfless exemplary service and unyielding commitment to excellence.”

Thank you, again, to the Clarkdale and Jerome Police Departments, and to our Mobile Crisis Team for their unwavering dedication to our community.

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AHCCCS is hosting community meetings across the state to gather feedback from stakeholders including members and their families, advocates and providers, to support and inform its efforts to develop integrated health plan contracts. 

Community Forums on Integrated Contractors RFI

AHCCCS invites public comment on this request for information regarding integrated health plan contractors. AHCCCS believes that health care delivery system design is essential to improving outcomes for our members while assuring the care provided is cost effective and easy for members and families to access. Integrated health plan contractors able to address the whole health needs of our state’s Medicaid population are key to reducing the fragmentation that exists in our health care system and improving service delivery to AHCCCS members.

Community Forums on Integrated Contractors RFI

AHCCCS invites public comment on this request for information regarding integrated health plan contractors. AHCCCS believes that health care delivery system design is essential to improving outcomes for our members while assuring the care provided is cost effective and easy for members and families to access. Integrated health plan contractors able to address the whole health needs of our state’s Medicaid population are key to reducing the fragmentation that exists in our health care system and improving service delivery to AHCCCS members.

 

As part of the contracting cycle which begins with Contract Year 2019 (CYE 19), starting on October 1, 2018, AHCCCS is proposing to offer fully integrated contracts to manage behavioral health (including mental health and substance use disorder) and physical health services to children (including children with CRS conditions) and adult AHCCCS members not determined to have SMI. AHCCCS is also proposing to preserve the RBHAs as a choice option and provide a mechanism for affiliated contractors to hold a single contract with AHCCCS for non-ALTCS members.

Please RSVP to Sherri.Moncayo@azahcccs.gov as session capacity is limited.

Community Forum Location Dates
Phoenix
AHCCCS—Gold Room
701 E. Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Date: February 10, 2017
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Time: 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Tucson
Pima County Library
Lower Level 1 Meeting Room
101 N. Stone Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701
Date: February 14, 2017
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Sedona
Yavapai College
Sedona Room 40
4215 Arts Village Drive Sedona, AZ 86336
Date: February 16, 2017
Location: Sedona, Arizona
Time: 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Flagstaff
Flagstaff AquaPlex
1702 N Fourth St, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Date: February 16, 2017
Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

More information regarding the integrated contractors RFI (YH17-0059) can be found here:https://www.azahcccs.gov/Resources/OversightOfHealthPlans/SolicitationsAndContracts/open.html

 

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An engine powers a car. It doesn’t matter how clean the interior of the car, or how new the tires are, or what scented cardboard tree is dangling from the rearview mirror, if there’s an issue with the engine, the car simply won’t work the way it should. And often, won’t work at all.

The brain is a lot like the engine of a car; it powers everything. It keep our systems functioning by coordinating and monitoring  the many physical processes that go on inside our bodies every second of our life. It isn’t a separate entity; it is a part of the body, no different than your arm, or your heart, or your stomach; actually, even more important, for without it, nothing else works. And when the brain struggles with things like depression and anxiety, it can disable the entire body.

For a very long time, though, the healthcare industry didn’t make the mind/body connection. Mental health and physical health were kept isolated and away from each other, which makes about as much as sense as keeping the engine out of a car. Patients needing help coping with mental issues were often given no more than a prescription by their primary care provider during a routine visit, and then sent on their way. Mental health issues weren’t fully addressed and the patient suffered.

Or a patient being treated by a mental health specialist often had to coordinate their own care when it came to being seen by a primary care provider. Two doctors treating the same patient for different issues in different locations…it’s easy to see how complicated that became  and, again, it was the patient who suffered.

Thankfully, all that has changed at Spectrum Healthcare.

Spectrum Healthcare is a leader in Whole Healthcare in the Verde Valley. Whole Healthcare is a one-stop approach to managing your health; it’s a philosophy that delivers a higher level of care because it has at its core all of a patient’s healthcare providers working together under one roof, which means no more bouncing between different doctors or being treated for mental health issues by a physician who doesn’t specialize in mental health.

The Whole Healthcare approach coordinates all levels of a patient’s care: lab results, treatments, medications, allergies, life-impacting events, wellness needs, education needs, goals and healthcare objectives between primary care and behavioral healthcare providers. This means that all of your healthcare providers engage in routine face-to-face communication, attend the same meetings and provide real-time consultations with one another regarding your care.

Whole Healthcare is patient-centered, and it is within this environment of total care that health professionals coordinate diagnoses and treatments so that they complement each other, rather than working in opposition. Prior to Whole Health, the lack of provider coordination often resulted in repetitive testing of even the simplest of procedures, costing the patient time and money. Uncoordinated care also meant that treatments and medications quite often interfered with one another, creating a whole new set of problems for patients. Whole Healthcare does away with all of that: care for your mind and body, all accessible from one place, resulting in better outcome

Spectrum’s Whole Healthcare approach combines three elements: Primary Care, Psychiatry, and Outpatient Behavioral Health services for children and adults all under one roof, but that doesn’t mean you have to use all our services to be a Spectrum patient. A Primary Care patient, for example, might be seen for annual check ups, flu shots, sore throats, diabetes management or blood pressure monitoring without ever having need for psychiatric services. The beauty of Whole Healthcare, though, is that should your healthcare needs change, those needs will be cared for and coordinated by a team that puts YOU first.

 

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