September 14, 2018
FY19 Substance Abuse Block Grant Allocations Received              

Applies To: Mercy Care RBHA              
Twenty-three GMH/SU and children’s providers have received their fiscal year 2019 Substance Abuse Block Grant (SABG) allocations. SABG funding provides substance use services to the uninsured and underinsured. Priority populations for these funds include:
  • Pregnant women/teenagers who use drugs by injection;
  • Pregnant women/teenagers who use substances;
  • Other persons who use drugs by injection;
  • Substance using women and teenagers with dependent children and their families, including females who are attempting to regain custody of their children; and
  • All other individuals with a substance use disorder, regardless of gender or route of use, (as funding is available).

All Mercy Care behavioral health providers should be able to speak to SABG funding and provide appropriate referrals when necessary for members who are uninsured and underinsured. Additionally, Mercy Care has made a phone transcript available for non-SABG funded providers to help member-facing staff discuss the services available. (The transcript is provided below.)

The current FY 19 Mercy Care SABG providers are:
  • BAART Behavioral Health
  • Center for Behavioral Health
  • Center for Behavioral Health Phoenix
  • Chicanos Por La Causa
  • Community Bridges
  • Community Medical Services
  • Crossroads
  • Destiny Sober Living
  • Ebony House
  • EMPACT La Frontera
  • Intensive Treatment Systems
  • Jewish Family and Children’s Services
  • Lifewell Behavioral Wellness
  • Native American Connections
  • National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence
  • New Casa de Amigas
  • New Hope Behavioral Health
  • Open Hearts
  • Southwest Behavioral Health
  • Terros
  • Touchstone Behavioral Health
  • Unhooked
  • Valle del Sol

Further contact information for these providers can be found here: http://files.constantcontact.com/26691f85401/6f47d81a-1810-41cc-9209-f99d030a00ee.pdf

The phone transcript for non-SABG providers is as follows:  

Caller:  I need treatment for my opioid addiction, but I don’t have AHCCCS.
Provider:  Thank you for calling to get help. It's the hardest step in making your life better. While we don’t provide funding to help you get the treatment for substance use, this doesn’t matter. We will refer you today to a provider who can see you, no matter if you have insurance or not.
This provider should be able to help you with medically assisted treatment, including methadone, counseling, transportation and even residential care. They can also talk to you about being tested for HIV, Hepatitis C, and tuberculosis and can make a referral for treatment, if necessary. Just to assure you, even if you have insurance, but your insurance doesn’t cover substance use services, they can help you or if you have no insurance at all, they can still help you.
Do you mind telling me what part of town you live in so I can refer you to the nearest provider who can help you today?

As always, don't hesitate to contact your Provider Relations Liaison with any questions or comments. You can find this notice and all other provider notices posted on our website .

Thanks for all you do!