Idaho Behavioral Health Plan Implementation Update

DHW Communications

The new Idaho Behavioral Health Plan (IBHP), which consolidates behavioral health services for Idahoans under a single plan, is scheduled to go-live on July 1, 2024.

Under the IBHP, one managed care organization (MCO) will administer the entire system of behavioral health care for Idaho, including Idahoans who have Medicaid, other types of health insurance, and who do not have health insurance. The IBHP consolidates behavioral health inpatient, outpatient, and other publicly funded services under this one MCO. This differs from our current system of care, where these services are managed separately.

Consolidating services under one managed care organization will improve coordination of care and reduce fragmentation as members shift between outpatient and inpatient services.

The July 1 go-live date is the result of a collaborative effort among the Department, the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections (IDJC), the state’s current contractors, Optum Idaho and BPA Health, and the incoming new IBHP contractor, Magellan Healthcare, Inc., all of whom are committed to ensuring a successful transition and launch.

The July go-live slightly lengthens the intended timeframe to ensure a successful implementation. DHW Director Dave Jeppesen noted, “Doing this right so Idahoans get the behavioral health and substance use disorder services and support they need is our top priority.” Contracts with Optum Idaho and BPA Health are being extended through June 30 to ensure successful implementation of the new IBHP.

Until July 1, services continue under the state’s existing structure.

DHW, IDJC, and Magellan Healthcare, Inc. will update participants, providers, stakeholders, and Idahoans about the new IBHP’s implementation as additional details become available.

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