President's Message

Initiatives around integrated care and value based contracting continued to be important topics throughout FY17.  The majority of our outpatient facilities have been remodeled for provision of physical health at behavioral health outpatient clinics.

In early FY17, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid approved Arizona’s AHCCCS proposal for $300 million over five years called Targeted Investment Program (TIP).  These TIP funds are available to Arizona providers who assist the State in promoting the integration of physical and behavioral healthcare.  Integrated health offers a more flexible and culturally sensitive approach to clients served and resolves the historical challenges of fragmented care. The goal of TIP is to increase efficiencies among healthcare providers and improve healthy outcomes. SB&H will continue to play a prominent role in this program over the next five years.

Also in early FY17, MMIC contracted for all 32 beds at our Crisis Recovery Unit (CRU).  CRU services are essential for the community in providing intensive inpatient services for persons in crisis.  We consider CRU a core service for the community and the last type of service to be cut in the event of any reduction of funding.  Similarly, building renovations were completed in Kingman for a CRU.  The Kingman Recovery Unit (KRU) began providing services to the community in the second quarter of 2017.

SB&H also began the re-purposing of an SB&H residential site to become a level I subacute facility. This site is specifically designed to serve individuals being discharged from an acute level of care who still require a secure setting for further stabilization. We expect renovations to be completed in first quarter 2018.

In mid-2017, as the opioid epidemic continued to grow, Governor Doug Ducey declared a statewide health emergency, a declaration giving Arizona the ability to coordinate public health efforts between state, local and private-sector partners.  This initiative allows the state to utilize all of its public health resources, including the distribution of naloxone throughout the community to help prevent drug overdose deaths.  SB&H has four opioid replacement clinics throughout the state that are working tirelessly to save lives and help alleviate this statewide crisis.  In addition, SB&H’s Kingman Recovery Unit/Kingman Observation Unit serves as a Center of Excellence to continue to address this challenge.

As FY17 came to a close, SB&H partnered with Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care, Mercy Care Plan and Southwest Human Development to open the Southwest Autism Center of Excellence (SACE).  The Mission of SACE is to provide services to individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder throughout different stages of their life, from childhood to adulthood, in a comprehensive manner addressing both physical health and behavioral health challenges.

As it is demonstrated throughout this report, there are many layers to integrated care and the provision of providing whole healthcare.  As we look toward FY18, SB&H will continue to foster a whole healthcare model by seeking out opportunities and innovative approaches to treatment that focus on integrated care at its core. We are committed to work to achieve our mission to help people discover their strengths and improve our communities.

You can see some examples of how SB&H is “Providing Whole Health - Layers of Integrated Care” in our 2017 Annual Report.