Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The 'Grand Experiment' in Social Services

From the Forst Scott Tribune in Kansas, a column by Tim Cunningham, executive director of Tri-Valley Developmental Services, which serves people with developmental disabilities in Allen, Bourbon, Neosho and Woodson counties.

The "Grand Experiment" in social services continues. This past Tuesday, Gov. Brownback announced sweeping reforms to the state's Medicaid system, that according to Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, will save the state $367 million over the next five years without cutting rates or services, this while at the same time improving the quality of services provided.
Their plan involves reshuffling departments, implementing a global waiver, expanding managed care to all Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) programs, emphasizing "health homes," intensive case management and improving efficiencies within departments.
While I applaud the governor in his attempt to get Medicaid costs under control and support a couple of the initiatives, some of the "new" initiatives already exist in our current system and have been very effective in controlling costs.

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