WisBusiness: Some BadgerCare Plus and Medicaid enrollees to pilot substance abuse pilot treatment

WisBusiness: Some BadgerCare Plus and Medicaid enrollees to pilot substance abuse pilot treatment

The state will be piloting a new model for providing substance use disorder treatment to certain BadgerCare Plus and Medicaid enrollees.

Under this “hub and spoke” model, qualifying individuals with substance use disorders and other health conditions holding them back from recovery will be connected to behavioral and primary health care services. DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake says this approach focuses on “ongoing integrated treatment and support” rather than short-term, episodic care.

“Our three pilot sites will lead the way in implementing this new model of coordinating care for people with substance use disorders,” Timberlake said in a release. “What these sites learn will help us continue to improve and expand the benefits and services we support.”

With DHS acting as the “hub” and the three pilot locations acting as “spokes,” state health officials will coordinate care with the local partners while also gathering information about the effectiveness of this approach. The state aims to collect 2.5 years worth of data “in order to inform creation of a permanent benefit,” the release shows.

The three pilot sites include one urban location, one rural location and a tribal site that were selected from 17 applicants around the state.

The nonprofit Wisconsin Community Services will offer services in the Milwaukee area, while the Family Health Center of Marshfield will provide services through the FHC Minocqua Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center in Forest, Iron, Oneida, Price and Vilas counties. This rural health center will also serve the Forest County Potawatomi Community, the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and the Sokaogon Chippewa Community.

Meanwhile, the Oneida Nation Behavioral Health Center will provide services to qualifying members of the Oneida Nation and to Brown and Outagamie counties, the release shows.

See more program details: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/aoda/hubandspoke-sud-hh.htm