Western Highlands receives a set monthly payment from the state to provide both state and Medicaid-funded mental health, intellectual and developmental disability and substance abuse services.
Western Highlands began operating as an MCO in January 2012. In July, its board of directors fired their CEO, saying that he had failed to inform them that the agency had fallen $3 million in debt. The agency has been attempting to gain stability since.
Steckel said that the Division of Medical Assistance will work with Western Highlands Network to move management of the operations to another managed care organization with hopefully no interruption in services.