Request for Proposal Application Period Opens for the Children and Family Specialty Plan | Eastern North Carolina Now

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    RALEIGH     The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today released the request for proposal to hire the organization that will help manage the Children and Families Specialty Plan. The first-of-its-kind statewide health plan will ensure access to comprehensive physical and behavioral health services for Medicaid-enrolled children, youth and families served by the child welfare system. The CFSP is one initiative among many at work to improve youth behavioral health in North Carolina.

    The plan will cover an array of Medicaid-covered physical and behavioral health benefits regardless of the geographic location or situation the beneficiary is experiencing. This includes all services provided by the Standard Plan in addition to most Tailored Plan services. It also includes a broad range of behavioral health services such as outpatient therapy, inpatient treatment, and crisis and therapeutic residential options for children. Additionally, the CFSP will be responsible for addressing unmet health-related resource needs, including housing, food, transportation and interpersonal violence.

    "The Children and Families Specialty Plan is an innovative approach to improving behavioral health services for children in North Carolina," said NC Health and Human Services Secretary Kody H. Kinsley. "By ensuring services are better coordinated and more consistently delivered across the state, the plan will help us ensure children and families have the right care at the right time to meet their needs."

    On the first day the new statewide CFSP health plan launches, it is expected that tens of thousands of children will be automatically enrolled in services. Those who will be automatically enrolled include children in foster care, children receiving adoption assistance and former foster care youth under the age of 26. The selected organization will be responsible for providing comprehensive benefits and a robust care management that will serve as the central point of accountability for managing the health of members enrolled in the CFSP.

    Organizations that are interested and eligible to submit a proposal to help manage the CFSP are encouraged to apply. The Children and Families Specialty Plan RFP is posted on the North Carolina electronic Vendor Portal. For questions from potential bidders on the procurement, contact Danielle Dodson, NCDHHS Division of Health Benefits, Senior Contract Development Specialist, at

    NCDHHS continues its collaboration with county partners and providers to work toward the goal of transforming behavioral health for children and families, so they are able to access the right care at the right time in their communities.

  • NC Department of Health and Human Services
  • 2001 Mail Service Center
  • Raleigh, NC 27699-2001
  • Ph: (919) 855-4840

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