RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


BHRS and STAP Reductions, Gauging the Impact
April 17, 2014

It has been two years since the state implemented BHRS Redesign and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) bulletin that impacted the design and operation of Summer Therapeutic Activity Programs (STAP).  It has been one year since the association conducted a survey of members to measure the impact of this initiative on Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Services (BHRS). Since that time, RCPA and its members have participated in several OMHSAS work groups focused on quality improvement in BHRS and STAP service delivery. While RCPA supports the goals of quality improvement and operational efficiency, there continue to be strong indications that changes in the service delivery system have resulted in dramatic reductions in BHRS, STAP, and other services.

Associaiton data gathered show an estimated one-year reduction of $50 million in Therapeutic Staff Support services and the loss of hundreds of mental health worker and mental health professional jobs over a one-year period. More importantly, there is no statewide information about the impact of these reductions on the wellbeing of children, families, schools, and communities. On May 13, RCPA will convene face-to-face and webcast meetings to discuss the local and statewide impact of service reductions on children, families, and communities.

Current and former BHRS and STAP provider agencies will meet from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at RCPA to discuss the local impact of service reductions on children, families and communities. Providers will need to register separately for morning and the afternoon sessions. Behavioral health managed care organizations, county representatives, and providers will meet from 1:15 – 2:45 p.m. to discuss the impact of changes and explore collaborative solutions and approaches to service delivery.

For more information contact Connell O’Brien.

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