Working groups strive to redesign state's behavioral health system


SHERIDAN — A bill approved this spring created a “seismic shift” in the way the state’s behavioral health system functions, according to Wyoming Department of Health Chief Data Analyst Franz Fuchs.

Now, it’s up to working groups to determine how that shift will look in practice —addressing issues such as eligibility for state-funded behavioral health services under the new system, what the state hopes to accomplish through providing these services, and how local providers, like Sheridan’s Northern Wyoming Mental Health Center, will be reimbursed for its services.

The working groups comprise legislators, Department of Health staff and the directors of the 20 centers throughout the state that are members of the Wyoming Association of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers. Paul Demple, CEO of Northern Wyoming Mental Health, is among the WAMHSAC members participating in discussions this summer.

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