Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals | Kathy Kliebert, Secretary

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Statewide Initiatives

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Medicaid Behavioral Health

In additional to receiving medical services for their physical health, Medicaid recipients have access to behavioral health services, such as mental health or substance abuse treatment. The Office of Behavioral Health oversees these services.

Louisiana Behavioral Health Partnership

On March 1, 2012, DHH launched the Louisiana Behavioral Health Partnership, which implements managed care for State-provided behavioral health services (mental health care, addiction treatment). The Partnership will manage certain Medicaid behavioral health services, and will provide behavioral health services to uninsured patients and those with private insurance under certain conditions.

In the Partnership, one Statewide Management Organization, Magellan, is responsible for coordinating care, contracting with providers and handling billing and reimbursement.

The Partnership encompasses Coordinated System of Care, an initiative of the State's four child-serving agencies (Department of Health and Hospitals, Department of Children and Family Services, Office of Juvenile Justice and Department of Education) to provide intensive care management and family-driven, youth-guided services to a small group of children who have complex needs and are in or at-risk of being in out-of-home placements.