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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Steuben County receives funding and recognition

BATH – Steuben County has received state funding – and recognition – for its "trailblazing" work in Medicaid reform efforts. County Manager Jack Wheeler told the county Legislature’s Human Services, Health and Education Committee Wednesday Steuben received $61,000 as reimbursement for its efforts toward implementing the state’s $6.4 billion "Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP)." DSRIP looks to reduce soaring Medicaid costs through an outcome-based integrated system of medical and mental health care. The program is focused on prevention, education and stronger communication between clients, service providers and health care agencies. It was launched in early 2015. The county Department of Social Services also was recognized for its unique contributions toward reform efforts, due to its Behavioral Health unit within the office, county DSS Commissioner Kathryn Muller told the committee. The department’s on-site team of social workers, psychologists, substance abuse counselors and disability case managers makes the department "a natural fit for patient engagement and education," according to a press release issued by Josh Jinks, Patient Activation project manager for the Finger Lakes Performing Provider System (FLPSS). FLPSS is composed of 13 counties, including Steuben, Allegany, Chemung, Schuyler and Yates counties, with more than 600 primary care, mental health and community based providers, and co-sponsored by Rochester Regional Health System and the University of Rochester. Jinks noted Steuben continues to surpass its initial targets for patient activation administration. "They are trailblazers for their community," Jinks said. "Their participation and engagement is incredible."