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HealthChoices Expansion Moves Ahead
October 2, 2006

The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services previously announced the selection of Community Care Behavioral Health Organization (Community Care) as the behavioral health managed care organization (BH-MCO) vendor for the North Central Zone. The North Central Zone includes 23 counties. This HealthChoices contract is a direct agreement between the state and the BH-MCO. Magellan Behavioral Health, Inc., raised a protest to the selection, but has since withdrawn the protest. Therefore, there is no anticipated delay and Community Care will begin efforts to meet the January 1 implementation date. PCPA is committed to working with Community Care and with its provider members to prepare for this HealthChoices expansion.

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