Behavioral Health Integration
Welcome to the Behavioral Health Integration website. This page provides information and updates on the Department’s ongoing efforts to integrate the State’s mental health and substance use disorder services and systems. Additional information about the integration process beginning in 2012 may be found here. Please check this page regularly for additional updates regarding Maryland’s Behavioral Health Integration.
Please click here for an update on the Behavioral Health Integration process from Acting Deputy Secretary for Health Care Financing Charles Lehman and Deputy Secretary of Behavioral Health Dr. Gayle Jordan-Randolph.
Behavioral Health Administrative Services Organization (ASO)
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for an administrative services organization (ASO) for Maryland's Public Behavioral Health System in February 2014. We are pleased to announce that ValueOptions, Inc. is awarded the contract by unanimous decision by the Board of Public Works, with additional information available on pages 64-66 of the Board's agenda. Additional information about ValueOptions Maryland is available at http://maryland.valueoptions.com.
Key Dates for the ASO Transition
§ September 3, 2014: ValueOptions is awarded the ASO contract.
§ January 1, 2015: ASO contract goes into effect, SUD providers begin billing the ASO.
§ July 1, 2015: Grant-funded programs begin billing the ASO.
§ July 1, 2015: Target effective date for integrated BHA regulations.
§ Fall/Winter 2015: New Medicaid regulations go into effect.
§ October 1, 2016: All accreditation-based programs must be accredited.
Questions about the ASO Transition
Provider Forums and Trainings
Leading up to January 1st, 2015, DHMH and ValueOptions will host regional forums to introduce providers to the ASO’s ProviderConnect system, update stakeholders on the implementation process, and introduce the ValueOptions team. For more information and a schedule of the forums, please click here. To register for the forums, please complete this form.
For information regarding online provider trainings with the ASO, please click here.
Behavioral Health Administration (BHA)
Effective July 1, 2014, the Mental Hygiene Administration and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration merged to become the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA). The organizational chart for the BHA is available here: Organizational Chart.
Behavioral Health Integration Stakeholder Workgroup
The Department has convened a stakeholder workgroup to make recommendations on issues related to behavioral health, including statutory and regulatory changes to fully integrate mental health and substance use disorder treatment and recovery support; and promote health services. For more information on this process, please contact
If you are a participant in need of behavioral health assistance, please call 1-800-888-1965.