York/Adams HealthChoices Management Unit
The York/Adams HealthChoices Management Unit (HCMU) was created in 2001 as one of the Human Services departments which oversees the drug and alcohol and mental health services funded through the Medicaid HealthChoices Program.
The HealthChoices Program is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s mandatory Medicaid managed care program that is administered by the Department of Public Welfare. While the Department of Public Welfare contracts directly with managed care organizations for the delivery of the physical health components of the program, the Department allowed many Counties to contract directly with them for the purpose of delivering the behavioral health services provided under the program.
While the York/Adams HealthChoices department participates in quality assurance activities, oversees the fiscal reporting requirements, identifies gaps in services, works on assisting individuals with special needs and plans for the use of reinvestment dollars, many of the day to day activities that meet members' needs are sub-contracted to a managed care organization. York and Adams Counties have contracted with Community Care to provide care management, network management, member services and claims management as well as other support services.