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Privately-run behavioral health program begins

3 years ago March 02, 2012 Mar 2, 2012 Friday, March 02 2012 Friday, March 02, 2012 12:56:34 PM EST in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has moved to private company management and coordination of mental health and addictive disorder services for 150,000 troubled Louisiana children, youth and adults.

The new Behavioral Health Partnership began Thursday. The program is being run by Connecticut-based Magellan Health Services under a contract with the Department of Health and Hospitals.

Magellan will develop networks of behavioral health providers to offer Medicaid-funded services to those with mental and addictive disorder problems.

The network includes psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, addictive disorder clinicians and treatment facilities in every area of the state.

The idea is to improve health and reduce costs.

The first year of the Magellan contract costs $178 million, according to DHH.

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