The CT BHP is a Partnership that consists of the Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). Consultation is provided to the CT BHP by a legislatively mandated Oversight Council. The Departments contracted with Carelon Behavioral Health to serve as the Administrative Services Organization (ASO). Expanded in 2011 to include DMHAS, the contract is designed to create an integrated behavioral health service system for our members; Connecticut’s Medicaid populations, including children and families who are enrolled in HUSKY Health and DCF Limited Benefit programs.
The Partnership’s goal is to provide access to a more complete, coordinated, and effective system of community based behavioral health services and support. This goal is achieved by making enhancements to the current system of care in order to:
- Provide access to a more complete, coordinated and effective system of community-based behavioral health services and supports
- Support recovery and access to community services, ensuring the delivery of quality services to prevent unnecessary care in the most restrictive settings
- Enhance communication and collaboration within the behavioral health delivery system and with the medical community, thereby improving coordination of care
- Improve network access and quality
- Recruit and retain traditional and non-traditional providers
This has been—and will continue to be—a coordinated effort between individual citizens and state agencies, between local service areas and a statewide delivery system, between those who use services and those who provide them. Just as this initiative could not have been implemented without the hard work of citizens who care about behavioral health care services, our joint vision cannot be achieved without our mutual determination to continue to make changes, focus on recovery and resiliency, evaluate their impact, and make more changes.