Beginning on October 1, 2015, Health Choice Integrated Care (HCIC) will cover both physical and behavioral health services for Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) members with serious mental illness in Mohave, Coconino, Apache, Navajo, Gila, and Yavapai counties.
HCIC was formed in 2014 as a collaboration between Health Choice, the managed-care solutions division of IASIS Healthcare, and the Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority, a managed care organization that has served the behavioral health needs of northern Arizona residents for more than 50 years.
HCIC offers northern Arizona AHCCCS members with serious mental illness enhanced access to integrated behavioral and acute providers, dedicated coordination of care, and improved quality outcomes.
What is a RBHA?
HCIC is the “Regional Behavioral Health Authority,” or RBHA (pronounced “ree-bah”), for northern Arizona.
A RBHA manages behavioral healthcare services that the state makes available at low or no cost for people whose health and income make them eligible for these benefits. Arizona’s Medicaid program, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, also called AHCCCS (pronounced “access”), pays for these services.
A RBHA manages a network of local providers that includes doctors, counselors, peer support specialists, housing and employment specialists, case managers and other care providers. RBHAs and providers work as a team to create programs for:
- Adults with substance abuse and general mental health disorders
- Adults who live with serious mental illness
- Children with serious emotional disturbances
What is integrated healthcare?
Integrated healthcare is an approach that treats you as a whole person. If you or a family member struggles with a mental illness, you know it’s often difficult to take care of your physical health. And a physical illness can sometimes make symptoms of mental illness feel worse. That’s why it’s important to treat them together.
Integrated healthcare puts your medical doctors and nurses on the same team as your psychiatrists, therapists, case workers, and pharmacists – all working together on a treatment plan that addresses all of your health needs.