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January 30, 2012
Kathie Osterman, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-9313, 
Public Meetings scheduled on Medicaid Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Lincoln – Three public meetings will be held in early February for comments and suggestions about services delivered by mental health and substance abuse providers and paid for by the state’s Medicaid program through an at-risk Managed Care program.  Comments are also sought about the Medicaid payment review and authorization process. 
The public meetings are being held by the Medicaid and Long-Term Care division of the Department of Health and Human Services. 
DHHS is considering how best to integrate and coordinate care for adult and child populations through an at-risk Managed Care program, including Medicaid and Medicare-eligible populations, people with developmental disabilities, severe mental illness, substance abuse, and state wards.  A goal is to decrease reliance on emergency and inpatient levels of care and increase evidence-based treatment and outcome-driven community-based programming and support.
The public meetings will be held in Scottsbluff, Kearney and Lincoln.  The schedule is:
  • Scottsbluff – Monday, Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m. (MT) at the Harms Advanced Technology Center (in the Plex), 2620 College Park
  • Kearney – Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m. (CT) at the UNK campus/Copeland Hall 103, 905 West 25th Street
  • Lincoln - Thursday, Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. (CT) at the Lincoln Medical Education Partnership, 4600 Valley Road
Comments can be made verbally or handed in, in written format, at the public meetings.
DHHS recently issued a Request for Information that may be helpful in providing additional information to interested individuals. The RFI related to at-risk Managed Care can be viewed at and comments can also be provided through this process.