Optum Idaho Funds $420,000 Community Health Initiatives Grant in Partnership with Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

  • Grant will fund efforts that help children with serious emotional
    disturbances (SED) throughout Idaho
  • RFP submissions due 4 p.m. MDT Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 from qualified
    local and national applicants

BOISE, Idaho–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Optum Idaho will fund a community health initiative (CHI) grant of
$420,000 for statewide efforts that help children who struggle with
serious emotional disturbances (SED). In partnership with the Idaho
Department of Health and Welfare, Optum Idaho released a Request for
Proposal to solicit grant applications from qualified local or national
applicants. RFP’s are to be submitted no later than 4 p.m. MDT Monday,
Aug. 22, 2016.

The goal of the Community Health Initiatives grant is to improve
behavioral health outcomes among Idaho child and adolescent Medicaid
beneficiaries with SED by helping clinicians adopt and implement
evidence-based psychosocial treatments. The grant will help Idaho’s
effort to transform its behavioral health care system by investing in
accountable, outcomes-driven and recovery-centered programs and services.

According to Optum’s data, approximately 20,000 child and adolescent
members less than 18 years old were provided services for at least one
SED condition in 2015.

“The most effective behavioral health care is provided in the
communities where people who need it live and work, and supports the
principles of recovery and resiliency in every service and patient
interaction,” said Georganne Benjamin, executive director, Optum Idaho.
“This grant will fund a statewide effort to continue the transformation
of Idaho’s behavioral health care system by investing in accountable,
outcomes-driven and recovery-centered programs and services.”

“By working with Optum to provide this grant, we will continue to
enhance the overall health system,” said Lisa Hettinger, Administrator
for the Division of Medicaid at the Department of Health and Welfare.
“Addressing issues surrounding children with serious emotional
disturbances will help us improve care for some of our most vulnerable
community members.”

Applicants must demonstrate that they can work effectively with a sample
of behavioral health care providers and identify facilitators and
barriers to care provider adoption and implementation of the practice.

Applicants must submit their materials through an online process with
BidSync at www.bidsync.com.
Proposals are to be submitted no later than 4 p.m. MDT Monday, Aug. 22,
2016. One applicant will be selected by an independent committee
composed of people across Idaho directly involved with the behavioral
health care system and the award will be announced in October 2016.

All questions related to the RFP must be submitted through BidSync and
will be publicly posted and answered on bidsync.com. The bid # is RFP
2016 0523.

About Optum – Optum Idaho manages the outpatient behavioral
health benefits for Idaho Behavioral Health Plan members and the Idaho
Department of Health and Welfare. Optum is responsible for ensuring that
appropriate and adequate behavioral health services that support the
practices of recovery and resiliency are available. More information is
available at www.optumidaho.com.

About IDHW – The Division of Medicaid is one of eight divisions
in the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The agency’s programs and
services are designed to help people live healthy, productive lives.
They work to strengthen individuals, families and communities. Learn
more at www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov.

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Contacts

Optum
Jann Marie Stockwell, 208-914-2289
jann.stockwell@optum.com
or
DHW
Niki
Forbing-Orr, 208-334-0668

forbingn@dhw.idaho.gov