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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Rural communities to benefit from behavioral health grant

Posted By on Tue, Sep 3, 2019 at 8:00 PM

click to enlarge Rural areas are often underserved for behavioral health care. - ALEXKICH/SHUTTERSTOCK
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  • Rural areas are often underserved for behavioral health care.

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing recently awarded a $242,758 grant to El Paso County to expand a project started last year aimed at helping Medicaid recipients in the southeastern parts of the state get better access to behavioral health services.

Providers in Bent, Costilla, Crowley, Otero, Pueblo and Saguache counties “will receive technical assistance in billing, coding, credentialing, and understanding denial reasons and appeals,” a county release notes. Contractor Left Hand Management will provide the assistance at no cost.

In the past year, the first of the grant, 65 providers completed training in El Paso, Teller and Park counties, the starting area for the grant.

The program also includes outreach to encourage more providers to accept Colorado Medicaid, also known as Health First Colorado.

Colorado has long struggled with one of the highest suicide rates in the nation and a woefully inadequate behavioral health system that many struggle to access.

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