Comedy Central Launches First Long-Term Social Impact Campaign Focused on Driving Mental Health Culture Change

On World Mental Health Day, Comedy Central, in partnership with Mental

Health First Aid (MHFA), a program of the National Council for Behavioral

Health, today premiered its Be The Difference public service announcement.

Kudos to this partnership which has the aim to drive culture change on

mental health.

Comedy Central has made the commitment to additionally train their staff on

Mental Health First Aid. As reported by CC, "This is a step in Comedy

Central's commitment to creating comedic content for the Be the Difference

social impact campaign that aims to educate and raise awareness about mental

health issues."

"Mental illness affects everyone, including the funniest people you know.

None of us are immune from experiencing a mental health crisis or from

helping someone we care about in a crisis," said Erika Soto Lamb, Comedy

Central Vice President of Social Impact. "Comedy Central drives the cultural

conversation by revealing the funny truth about whatever is happening in

life. Through comedy we have the power to change the way people think and

act and we will work diligently as a brand moving forward in order to drive

mental health culture change."

Be the Difference (featuring Jeff Ross, Yamaneika Saunders, and Matteo Lane)

Three ‘provider-led’ groups receive approval for ‘organized care’ of special needs patients

Three “provider-led” entities that provide care to around 35,000 special needs patients in Arkansas using Medicaid funds have been granted the first licenses under a new state law designed to provide improved care and outcomes using “wrap around services.”

Act 775 of 2017, the Medicaid Provider-Led Organized Care Act, was sponsored by Rep. Aaron Pilkington, R-Clarksville, and signed into law by Gov. Asa Hutchinson. The law is designed to allow providers to create a type of insurance network targeted solely for those in Arkansas with severe intellectual and physical medical needs.

That vehicle is known as the “Provider-led Arkansas Shared Savings Entity” (PASSE).

“It is a new model of organized care that will address the needs of certain Medicaid beneficiaries who have complex behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities service needs,” according to the Arkansas Insurance Department (AID).

Brandi Hinkle, deputy chief of communications for the Arkansas Department of Human Services, said the process creates a network of therapists, counselors, doctors and other providers who develop “care coordination” for the patients. The coordination reduces duplication of services, seeks to put all caregivers on the same page and “ideally addresses issues” before they become a more serious problem for the patient and a more expensive solution for the providers, Hinkle said.

Arkansas Insurance Department Commissioner Alan Kerr on Monday (Oct. 23) granted PASSE authority to three of five groups who have applied.

“I am proud to issue the first licenses to provider-led organizations under Act 775 and welcome them as domestic insurance companies. These companies have demonstrated initial financial resources and organizational structure as well as adequate network coverage as deemed by the Department of Human Services. This is an important step for Arkansas in establishing a unique system to serve Medicaid beneficiaries,” Kerr said in the statement.

Following are the three entities who received a license:

• Arkansas Total Care, Inc. (ATC)
ATC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Arkansas Total Care Holding Company, LLC. The ownership of the holding company is held by Mercy Health System, LifeShare Management Group, and Arkansas Health & Wellness Health Plan Inc. LifeShare and AHWHP are owned by Centene Corp. Mercy’s system includes 44 acute care and specialty hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. LifeShare develops and delivers person-centered solutions for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through manage care, state, and health organizations across multiple states. AHWHP is an Arkansas domestic health maintenance organization.

• Arkansas Advanced Care, Inc. (AAC)
AAC will be owned and operated by Baptist Health, Bost, Inc., the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and USAble Corporation.

“The members of AAC advocate the goal to ensure that Arkansas’s residents receive the high quality, efficient care with innovative delivery and payment arrangements and population health programs to help transform Arkansas to an organized system of care,” noted the insurance department statement.

• Empower Healthcare Solutions, LLC (EHS)
EHS is comprised of Beacon Health Options, Inc., Woodruff Health Group, LLC, Independent Case Management, Inc., Preferred Family Healthcare, Inc., Arkansas Community Health Network, LLC, The Arkansas Healthcare Alliance, LLC, and Statera, LLC. Beacon is an independent privately-owned company and one of the nation’s largest organizations that assesses and address the clinical needs of individuals who are experiencing mental illness, addiction, and developmental disabilities.

Hinkle said the three groups will cover around 35,000 patients.

“(W)e are currently spending $1 billion annually on this group of beneficiaries. We don’t have an estimate of savings, but we hope to see that care coordination helps this group better utilize preventative treatment, medication adherence and a decrease in unnecessary emergency department usage. DHS has not determined the actuarially-sound global payment amount but will begin that process in the spring,” Hinkle told Talk Business & Politics.

According to DHS, the goals of PASSE are:

• To improve the health of Arkansans who have need of intensive levels of specialized care due to mental health, intellectual or developmental disabilities;
• To link providers of physical health care with providers of behavioral health care and services for individuals with developmental disabilities;
• To coordinate care for all community-based services for individuals with intensive levels of specialized care needs;
• To reduce excess cost of care due to under-utilization and over-utilization of services;
• To allow flexibility in the array of services offered to the population served; and
• To increase the number of service providers available in the community to the population covered.

The state agency also says the program should reduce costs by organizing care, and “not just by managing finances.” To that point, Hinkle said the agency conducts annual reviews to make sure patient care is not reduced in order to simply improve finances.

“We regularly do quality assurance to make sure that a diagnosis is being treated appropriately based on standards across the country,” she said.

The first phase of PASSE began Oct. 1, 2017. Additional patients are expected to be added in January 2018 based on assessments by the AID and DHS. The second phase begins Jan. 1, 2019. It’s in this phase where the provider-led groups will receive payment “for each enrollee to cover the administration costs and benefits for each patient, while ensuring a level of savings for the state.” Hinkle said one example of a phase 2 cost-savings goal is the reduction of unnecessary medical tests.


Perspectives Becomes A Provider For HealthScope Insurance

Perspectives Behavioral Health Management is pleased to announce that we are now a provider for individuals with HealthScope Insurance.  For appointments for medication management as well as individual and family therapy contact us at 479-783-5353.

For more information about HealthScope click on the link below:



Perspectives announces expansion as a Blue Cross Blue Shield product provider

Personalized Healthcare, Nationwide

Since 1929, Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) companies have provided healthcare coverage to members, allowing them to live free of worry, free of fear. In every ZIP code, Blue Cross Blue Shield offers a personalized approach to healthcare based on the needs of the communities where their members live and work. They work closely with hospitals and doctors in the communities they serve to provide quality, affordable healthcare.

We understand and answer to the needs of local communities, while providing nationwide healthcare coverage that opens doors for more than 106 million members in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Nationwide, more than 96 percent of hospitals and 93 percent of doctors and specialists contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield companies — more than any other insurer

Perspectives Behavioral Health is extremely proud to be part of the networks throughout the nation that provides services through BCBS.  As we have always done, we are committed to providing timely access, quality services and superior communication that is centered around best practices.  Perspectives is now accepting new patients as a BCBS provider throughout Oklahoma and Arkansas.  For more information or to make an appointment, contact us at 479-783-5353 or 888-505-5040.

Perspectives Behavioral Health Management, LLC Achieves National RE- Accreditation

Perspectives Behavioral Health Management, LLC Achieves National RE- Accreditation

Perspectives Behavioral Health has achieved national re-accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA).  Perspective provides the following services:  outpatient behavioral health services for children, adolescents and adults.  Services provided are as follows: day treatment for children, adolescents and adults, school based services for children and adolescents, intensive outpatient services for all ages and traditional outpatient clinic services for all ages.   Perspectives re accreditation process is an ongoing process. Organizations pursue re-accreditation to demonstrate the implementation of best practice standards in the field of human services. COA evaluated all aspects of Perspectives programs, services, management, and administration.

COA re-accreditation is an objective, independent, and reliable validation of an agency’s performance. The COA re- accreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of an organization’s administration, management, and service delivery functions against international standards of best practice. The standards driving re- accreditation ensure that services are well-coordinated, culturally competent, evidence-based, outcomes-oriented, and provided by a skilled and supported workforce. COA re-accreditation demonstrates accountability in the management of resources, sets standardized best practice thresholds for service and administration, and increases organizational capacity and accountability by creating a framework for ongoing quality improvement. 

To achieve COA re- accreditation, Perspectives first provided written evidence of compliance with the COA standards.  Thereafter, a group of specially trained volunteer Peer Reviewers confirmed adherence to these standards during a series of on-site interviews with trustees, staff and clients. 

Based on their findings, COA’s volunteer-based Accreditation Commission voted that Perspectives had successfully met the criteria for re-accreditation.

An endorsement of COA and the value of its re-accreditation process is reflected in it being named by the US State Department as the sole national independent accrediting body under the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption to accredit intercountry adoption service providers. In addition, COA is the only national accreditor designated by the U.S. Department of Defense to develop accreditation standards and processes for human service programs provided to military personnel and their families.

Founded in 1977, COA is an independent, not-for-profit accreditor of the full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and social service organizations in the United States and Canada. Over 2,000 organizations — voluntary, public, and proprietary; local and statewide; large and small — have either successfully achieved COA accreditation or are currently engaged in the process. Presently, COA has a total of 47 service standards that are applicable to over 125 different types of programs. To learn more about COA, please visit

Perspectives Behavioral Health offers outpatient behavioral health services to children and adolescents in Fort Smith and surrounding areas. Perspectives has been providing services to children, adolescents and adults since 2003.

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