OhioRISE to support 19 Ohio counties


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Representatives from Integrated Services for Behavioral Health (ISBH) announced they have been selected by Aetna Better Health of Ohio to serve as a Care Management Entity (CME) to build local systems of care for OhioRISE in 19 Ohio counties — including Fayette — which includes a $1 million grant.

OhioRISE is “Resilience through Integrated Systems and Excellence” which is the state’s first highly integrated care program for youth with complex behavioral health and multi-system needs.

CMEs are vital to the success of the OhioRISE model. They will serve as the singular point of contact families will turn to in times of crisis, and a welcomed resource for managing day-to-day behavioral health and family support services. Their focus is ensuring that wrap-around, high-intensity care is available, coordinated locally, and clinically integrated for children enrolled.

In February, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) announced the 20 community-oriented Care Management Entities (CMEs) selected to build local systems of care for OhioRISE:

Unison Health, Harbor, National Youth Advocate Program, Choices Coordinated Care Solutions, CareStar, Lighthouse Youth and Family Services, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Healvine, Integrated Services for Behavioral Health, Jefferson Co. Educational Service Center, The Village Network, The Buckeye Ranch, I Am Boundless Inc., Wingspan Care Group, Coleman Health Services, OhioGuidestone, Positive Education Program, Ravenwood Health, Coleman Health Services and Cadence Care Network.

The selected OhioRISE CMEs consist of highly experienced organizations that provide community mental health and substance use, specialty care coordination, hospital, and educational services.

The state is issuing ISBH two grants to assist with startup costs.

—$1 million for Athens, Fayette, Gallia, Jackson, Highland, Hocking, Meigs, Pickaway, Pike, Ross and Vinton counties

—$930,000 for Coshocton, Fairfield, Guernsey, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry and Washington counties.

“As a regional provider, ISBH will help children and families access much-needed mental health care and navigate complex systems, all coordinated locally, right in their hometown,” said Samantha Shafer, LISW-S, CEO of ISBH. “We will serve as a trusted point of contact for families and provide resources for managing day-to-day behavioral health and family support services.”

CME grants ensure each region statewide is prepared to serve children on day one when OhioRISE launches later this year. Grants will be used to expand workforce capacity and to develop a highly connected IT infrastructure.

OhioRISE will be available to youth under age 21 who are Medicaid-eligible and meet OhioRISE eligibility criteria. The OhioRISE program was jointly developed and will be governed by the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM), the Governor’s Office of Children’s Initiatives, and the Ohio Family and Children First Cabinet Council. For more information, visit the OhioRISE webpage at www.managedcare.medicaid.ohio.gov/managed-care/ohiorise.

Integrated Services for Behavioral Health is a community-minded, forward-thinking behavioral health organization helping people along the road to health and well-being. We meet people in their homes and communities and help connect them to the resources they need on the path to well-being. We work with local partners to promote healthy people and strong communities through a comprehensive array of behavioral health and other services.

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