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October 14, 2015

Designation enables Family & Children’s Place to help more Medicaid recipients

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 14, 2015) – Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services has licensed Family & Children’s Place as a certified Behavioral Health Services Organization, which will allow the agency to help even more Medicaid recipients with behavioral health issues stemming from substance use, mental health disorder or a co-occurring disorder.

Donna Russow, vice president of programs, said the change provides patients greater access to critical services and helps prevent unnecessary admissions to formal facility-based care.

“Designation as a BHSO enables us to serve even greater numbers of children and young people struggling with behavioral and mental health issues, giving them even greater levels of help and support and more options for care,” said Russow.

Through designation as a BHSO, led by Enrica Thomas, the agency’s program director for Kentucky Behavioral Health Services, Family & Children’s Place can receive payment from Medicaid for certain behavioral health and substance abuse services, including in non-hospital outpatient settings such as in-home and in-office care.

“With this, we can continue to provide trauma-informed and outcome based behavioral health services specifically aimed to help the individual and their family,” said Russow.

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