A few weeks ago, we announced that we’ve awarded the contract to manage the Maricopa County Integrated Regional Behavioral Health Authority (beginning on October 1) to Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care, who will be bringing some exciting ideas to the table while building on the great things already happening in our system. 

A couple of weeks ago, 2 of the bidders that didn’t get the award (Magellan Complete Care of Arizona, Inc. and Arizona Physicians IPA, Inc., d/b/a UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, operating as UnitedHealthcare Whole Health) filed protests regarding our decision.  This week Chris Ruth (our ADHS Procurement Officer) denied the protestor’s request for a Stay and upheld the award to Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care.  The protesting entities can either accept that decision or continue the protest by filing an appeal with the ADOA.