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Amerigroup Washington, Inc. facilitates integrated physical and behavioral health services as a vital part of health care. Our mission is to address the physical and behavioral health needs of members by offering a wide range of targeted interventions, education and enhanced access to services to ensure improved outcomes and quality of life for members. We work collaboratively with hospitals, group practices, independent behavioral health care providers, community, government agencies, human service districts and other resources. This enables Amerigroup to successfully meet the needs of members with mental health and substance use disorders as well as those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Children's Mental Health Legislation

Legislation was passed strengthening language for children's mental health care access in SSB 5779, Section 4.

The bill requires that children receive treatment and appropriate care based on their assessed needs, regardless of whether the referral occurred through primary care, school-based services or another practitioner.

Related information

* Beacon Health Options is an independent company providing data transferring services on behalf of Amerigroup Washington, Inc.

Providers and members have access to the Resource Washington Recovery Help Line 1-866-789-1511 and  https://www.warecoveryhelpline.org 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as a behavioral health resource

Behavioral Health Data Consolidation project

The Washington State health care purchasing mechanism, driven by state law and implemented under federal rules, required the integration of both mental health (MH) and substance use disorder (SUD, also known as chemical dependency) into a behavioral health care model. This behavioral health care model, known as Integrated Managed Care (IMC), became effective in all counties in Washington State on January 1, 2020.

The Behavioral Health Data Consolidation (BHDC) project developed and implemented a combined behavioral health care model, ultimately incorporating integrated behavioral health data collection, storage, and supporting reporting functions and substance abuse data collection into a database called the Behavioral Health Data System (BHDS).

Behavioral health supplemental data is a data set of about 100 data elements collected through 12 transactions from behavioral health providers and is a requirement by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as a part of the Block Grant funding the Health Care Authority (HCA) receives.

Effective January 1, 2020, managed care organizations (MCOs) and Behavioral Health Administrative Service Organizations (BH-ASOs) will serve as a bridge between providers and HCA by collecting the data from the providers via a standardized format and submitting the data to HCA via BHDS.

MCOs have selected Beacon Health Options* to develop the platform and standardized format for submitting these data transactions.

The design and implementation of this data collection platform is expected to:

  • Create one uniform solution for behavioral health agencies to submit behavioral health supplemental data.

  • Provide MCOs with a dedicated entity to manage, troubleshoot and report these data from their contracted networks.

Beacon Health Options will provide training and communication to the Amerigroup behavioral health network and further updates will be posted on this site. Additionally, the links to Beacon Health Option’s platform will also be provided here. Testing is to begin early summer 2020.

If you have questions, please contact Courtney Ward at courtney.ward2@anthem.com.

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