OTARI, RI-BHDDH, and RI-DHS Collaborating on Health Home Plan for Rhode Island’s OTPsThe Opioid Treatment Association of Rhode Island (OTARI) has been working with the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals (BHDDH) -our SOTA- and the Department of Human Services (DHS), since February 2012 developing a State Plan Amendment (SPA) designed to recognize Rhode Island’s OTPs as Health Homes. We are pleased that our SOTA not only understands the role OTPs play in promoting and sustaining wellness, but also convened a meeting with OTARI to promote this idea. This collaborative process has capitalized on previous approval establishing Health Homes in Rhode Island’s Community Mental Health Centers.The SPA seeks to recognize and provide supplemental support for those non-treatment case management and related recovery services that are regularly and routinely provided to patients. Our group, led by Rebecca Boss of BHDDH, recently had a teleconference with representatives from SAMHSA to review and discuss the concept and design of our Plan. We are pleased to report a very favorable and supportive response from SAMHSA. Our next step is to refine and fine tune before a similar conversation with CMS.
Center for Behavioral Health (CBH) Sites in Rhode Island Sold
Ownership of the Center for Behavioral Health (CBH) programs in Johnston and Westerly, Rhode Island has changed. CBH, with programs now in eight states, sold its interest in the Rhode Island sites to Ken Richardson. Ken has been the long-term accountant for CBH. No other details are available at this time.