Alamance County Chooses Vaya Health for Mental Health Management as Medicaid Transformation Begins

Alamance County Chooses Vaya Health for Mental Health Management as Medicaid Transformation Begins

View in new tab Vaya is what the state calls a local management entity and managed care organization. About 20 years ago, counties had their own mental-healthcare systems. By many accounts, Alamance County had a good system, but care was uneven across the state. Mental healthcare reform over the following 10 years put managed care organizations in charge of connecting those in need with services and paying those service providers. That system has had its inconsistencies and scandals, too. Cardinal Innovations earned a lot of critics over the years. And closing some of the state’s largest mental hospitals left a lot of people with needs with nowhere to go. Many have ended up in jails.

That committee chose Vaya Health, the company merging with the county’s current management organization Cardinal Innovations, and the Alamance County Board of Commissioners made it official by a unanimous vote this week. Support local journalism, please subscribe to the Times-News.

More:Municipal elections look competitive, Burlington to have primary, as Alamance County filing ends Fortunately, a committee started meeting last month including two county commissioners, county administrators, the director of social services and a mental health professional among others and interviewed three of the eight organizations operating in North Carolina.

Patient enrollment begins for North Carolina Medicaid managed care shift That transition could affect Alamance County’s goal of opening a 24-hour diversion center for non-violent offenders with mental illnesses, Brian Ingraham, Vaya Health president and CEO told the commissioners. This is happening as North Carolina is transforming its Medicaid system to a managed-care system where health plans get a flat rate per patient treated every month instead of fees-for-service with the goal of reducing costs and improving outcomes. That system has been planned since 2015 and went into effect July 1.

The demise of Cardinal Innovations: How a state-mandated mental health organization failed in slow motion. Cardinal Innovations has lost its credibility among the counties it serves, according to North Carolina Health News, and counties have been switching to other organizations leading it to merge with Vaya.

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