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2016 Transition News | Print |

COMMUNITY FORUM FOCUSES ON UPCOMING CHANGES TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES IN FULTON COUNTY

LaTrina Foster  

(LaTrina Foster, Interim Director of Clinical Services, discusses upcoming changes in the delivery of Behavioral Health services by Fulton County Government at a meeting of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities Region 3 Field Office)      

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Saturday, October 22, 2017 (Atlanta, GA) -  The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities Region 3 Field Office  and the  Regional Advisory Council  held a community forum to discuss upcoming changes in behavioral health service delivery by Fulton County Government.

The forum titled  "A Community Awareness & Education Forum in Fulton County"featured LaTrina Foster, Interim Director of Clinical Services with the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities.  

Ms. Foster discussed plans by Fulton County Government to outsource behavioral health services by 2017.  She stated that the three Training Centers that serve adults with developmental disabilities will not be impacted by the changes.  Ms. Foster said that Fulton County has attained the services of consultants from Ernst and Young to advise on the restructuring process.  She added that information about the process will be made available on the website for the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities (www.livebetterfulton.org).  

As part of the restructuring process, the number of clinics offering adult behavioral health services has been reduced.  Adult behavioral health services are now offered at the following locations:  Adamsville Regional Health Center  and  The Center for Health & Rehabilitation.  To learn more about these facilities, or to get directions, please click on the  LOCATIONS  link on the homepage.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016 (Atlanta, GA)  - At the Fulton County Board of Commissioners meeting, an Agenda Item was submitted by the Fulton County Department of Health & Wellness for approval of a recommended proposal (16RFP07072016A-MH) to attain Consultant Services for the Design of a New Behavioral Health Model in the amount of $425,118 with Ernst & Young, LLP (EY) to provide consulting services in order to support the transition and implementation of a new Behavioral Health Service Model.

Scope of Work

EY will address all of the objectives and deliverables set out in the Request for Proposal (RFP), and provide support during the initial months of the transition and implementation.    Highlighted key activities will include:

  • RFP Development and Providers Transition Support
  • Design of New BH Service Delivery Model with provider Network Management Model and Recommendations
  • Change Management Plan
  • Communications Strategy and Support for Implementation
  • Operating Model Design and process Flow Mapping
  • Overall Project Management

In order to achieve this effort, EY will take a highly collaborative approach, working with County leaders and staff to leverage available information, co-develop work products, and make timely decisions throughout the course of the project.   EY will rely on regular status meetings in order to optimize the dedicated resources to meet the evolving needs and priorities within the scope of the project.

EY will leverage current templates and information to compress the timing of the RFP development effort, and as a result we will shift the main allocation of EY resources to the first 60 - 90 days of the project.

The motion was passed.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016 (Atlanta, GA)  - At the Fulton County Board of Commissioners meeting on April 20, 2016, an Agenda Item (#16-0217) was submitted requesting approval to establish an alternative model for the provision of behavioral health services to a new set of providers.

Scope of Work  

The Scope of Work states: Aspirational goals for our Behavioral Health Department to have the capacity not only to meet the mental health and substance abuse needs of uninsured County residents, but also to facilitate strategic goals related to jail diversion, homeless services, and student achievement.

The critical impacts that the County will experience as a result of implementing this revised model for the provision of behavioral health services include:

1. Expanded capacity to serve a larger number of uninsured, mentally ill patients within the same resources.

2. Expanded capacity to partner with schools to provide clinical support for adolescent behavioral health issues (including heroin (or other substance) abuse, suicide and behavioral disorders).  

3. A solid, scalable framework to set the Behavioral Health agenda for the County and request additional state funding for mental health and substance abuse.

4. Coordination with the criminal justice system to (a.) better support diversion efforts/initiatives and, (b.) establish a behavioral health continuum of care for inmates designed to break the vicious cycle, and

5. Aggressive, systematic case and performance management standards for the uninsured mentally ill of Fulton County covered under our care

A motion was made by Chairman John Eaves and seconded by Commissioner Joan Garner to approve.  The motion passed.

 
 

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