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Cenpatico invites public input during September forums
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Cenpatico invites public input during September forums

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Cenpatico Integrated Care is holding three public forums this month, open to those enrolled in the insurance company’s behavioral health-care plan as well as the general public.

“We will share information about services and help available from Cenpatico IC and our partner agencies,” CEO Terry Stevens said in a prepared statement. “We look forward to hearing from residents and are committed to having an ongoing discussion about how we can best serve the needs of local communities.”

The forums will include a question-and-answer session with Stevens, as well as updates on the company’s work in the public behavioral health-care system, according to an email from a Cenpatico regional vice president.

Cenpatico — a subsidiary of publicly traded insurance company Centene Corp., based in St. Louis — allocates Medicaid funding to agencies that treat low-income people with behavioral health needs.

The for-profit insurer has operated in rural parts of Arizona since 2005 and first entered Pima County in October 2015, when it became the regional behavioral health authority, or RBHA, for the new eight-county Southern Arizona region.

Cenpatico holds contracts with more than 100 behavioral health agencies in Southern Arizona.

Local behavioral health providers have struggled in the face of Cenpatico’s stringent reporting requirements, reduced reimbursements and withheld monthly block payments for agencies that fail to meet aggressive quotas.

Contact reporter Emily Bregel at ebregel@tucson.com or 573-4233. On Twitter:

@EmilyBregel

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