Magellan Behavioral Health to Manage Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency.Business Editors/Health & Medical Writers
DETROIT and COLUMBIA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 22, 2001
The Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency has signed a contract with Magellan Behavioral Health Behavioral health was first used in the 1980's to name the combination of the fields mental health and substance abuse. As an example, an organization serving both mental health and substance abuse clients might refer to its practice as behavioral health or to manage mental health and substance abuse benefits for its enrollees.
Under the four-year agreement, implementation is scheduled to begin immediately. Magellan will manage mental health and substance abuse services for approximately 400,000 consumers on an administrative services only basis. The contract will be administered through a new Magellan service center to be opened in Detroit.
"Magellan is committed to meeting the unique clinical needs of the enrolled individuals within the Detroit-Wayne County Community," said Russell C. Petrella, Ph.D., senior vice president of Magellan's public sector division. "We're proud to have been selected by Wayne County Wayne County is the name of sixteen counties in the United States of America, some named for the American Revolutionary War general Anthony Wayne:
The Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency is the government agency that runs the county's Medicaid Specialty Services programs, managing $500 million in service revenues.
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The $20 million contract was awarded through a competitive bid process.
"As the largest county in the state, we were looking for Looking for
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"Our strong local presence will give us a firm foundation to serve these program members," said Kimberley Willis, vice president of operations for Magellan's public sector division. "We look forward to establishing a quality program that builds on the strength of the current system and that has room for growth opportunities as the state implements the Medicaid managed care program throughout the Michigan counties."
Magellan Behavioral Health is the country's leader in managed behavioral health and employee assistance programs, serving individuals across the United States and Puerto Rico.
The company specializes in managed mental health and substance abuse services as well as employee assistance/work-life programs, and serves over 3,000 client organizations representing health plans, government agencies, unions, and corporations. Its parent organization is Magellan Health Services health services Managed care The benefits covered under a health contract , Inc. (NYSE NYSE
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