Division of Behavioral Health Services

Olmstead Plan

The Division of Behavioral Health, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, and the Division of Economic Security/Department of Developmental Disabilities collaborated with community stakeholders in the development of the statewide plan.  The Olmstead decision requires that the state provide appropriate community-based services to meet the needs of the disabled person in the least restrictive environment. The Bureau staff are responsible for ensuring that the activities in the plan are completed.

Bureau staff applied for and received a grant to assist in the implementation of the Olmstead Plan and have contracted with a consultant to assist in developing discharge placements for persons with special needs who have been difficult to serve in community-based settings.  In addition, Bureau staff continue to serve as liaisons to the Arizona State Hospital and regional behavioral health authorities/tribal regional behavioral health authorities in resolving issues that relate to admission or discharge of consumers.