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OhioRISE (Resilience through Integrated Systems and Excellence)
OhioRISE (Resilience through Integrated Systems and Excellence)

As a part Ohio Medicaid’s effort to launch the next generation of its managed care program, ODM will implement OhioRISE (Resilience through Integrated Systems and Excellence), a specialized managed care program for youth with complex behavioral health and multi-system needs.

OhioRISE Summary

OhioRISE Advisory Council and Workgroups

Beginning in 2021, OhioRISE Advisory Council and Workgroup meetings will commence. The purpose of these meetings is to engage with stakeholders to obtain critical feedback and expert advice for OhioRISE’s services and operations. You can find the members selected to be in the Advisory Council here and the presentation for the kickoff OhioRISE Stakeholder meeting on December 18, 2020 here.

Advisory Council and Workgroup Meetings

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12:00 – 1:30 PM EST
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12:00 – 1:30 PM EST
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12:00 – 2:00 PM EST
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9:00 – 11:00 AM EST
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MRSS Workgroup 02/09/2021 1:30 - 3:30 PM EST Registration Has Closed
CANS and Care Coordination Workgroup 02/11/2021 12:00 - 2:00 PM EST Registration Has Closed
IHBT Workgroup 02/19/2021 2:30 - 4:30 PM EST

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CANS and Care Coordination Workgroup 02/25/2021 12:00 - 2:00 PM EST

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Advisory Council Meeting
9:00 – 11:00 AM EST

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PRTF Workgroup 03/16/2021 3:00 - 5:00 PM EST

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About OhioRISE

OhioRISE is governed by ODM, the Governor’s Office of Children’s Initiatives, and Ohio’s Family and Children First Cabinet Council. Council members include: Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (MHAS), Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), Department of Youth Services (DYS), Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC), Ohio Department of Health (ODH), Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD), Ohio Department of Education (ODE), and the Office of Family & Children First. Ohio Medicaid will hold the contract with the OhioRISE plan.

OhioRISE aims to shift the system of care and keep more kids and families together by creating new access to in-home and community-based services for children with the most complex behavioral health challenges. The OhioRISE program’s child and family-centric delivery system recognizes the need to specialize services and support for this unique group of children and families. Once selected, the OhioRISE plan will partner with ODM, sister state agencies, providers, families, and other stakeholders to develop and implement new and enhanced services, including those listed below. OhioRISE will also feature a new 1915(c) Medicaid waiver that will drive toward improving cross-system outcomes for its enrollees. OhioRISE will feature intensive care coordination and both new and enhanced behavioral health services targeted toward this population and will offer a new Medicaid waiver program that will help families prevent custody relinquishment.

OhioRISE Eligibility

  • Enrolled in Ohio Medicaid – either managed care or fee for service
  • Under the age of 21
  • Meet a functional needs threshold for behavioral health care, as identified by the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) tool

OhioRISE Services

New services available through OhioRISE include:

  • Intensive Care Coordination: Two levels of this service (intensive and moderate) will be consistent with principles of High-Fidelity Wraparound and be delivered by a Care Management Entity-qualified agency.
  • Intensive Home Based Treatment (IHBT): OhioRISE will make changes to existing IHBT services and align with the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA).
  • Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF): This service is aimed at keeping youth with the most intensive behavioral health needs in-state and closer to their families and support systems.
  • Mobile Response and Stabilization Service (MRSS): Provide youth in crisis and their families with immediate behavioral health services to ensure they are safe and receive necessary supports and services (this new service will also be available to children who are not enrolled in OhioRISE).

These services will be provided through a collaborative delivery system, as illustrated in the image below.

OhioRISE Delivery System

For Ohio Medicaid managed care youth members who are not enrolled in the OhioRISE plan, Ohio Medicaid MCOs and the fee for service program will continue coverage for the Medicaid’s existing behavioral health services and MRSS. MCOs will manage also administrative care coordination, utilization management, and quality improvement efforts. The Ohio Medicaid MCOs also will be responsible for assuring access to the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment to determine when a child needs the enhanced services of the OhioRISE plan.

ODM presented highlights of OhioRISE to stakeholders via webinar and recorded it for your viewing here. That video presentation is available here. To access the recording, please register here.

Along with the OhioRISE MCO procurement process, in the coming months, ODM will begin engaging stakeholders in the process of designing the OhioRISE services package. Additional details about the process and timing of sessions will be made available on this webpage as they become available.

OhioRISE Request for Applications (RFA)

On October 28, 2020, ODM released a request for applications (RFA) to solicit responses from managed care organizations (MCOs) interested in serving as our OhioRISE specialized managed care organization for eligible Medicaid youth with complex behavioral health and multi-system needs. The RFA response period closed on December 16, 2020. As a next step in this process, Ohio Medicaid will evaluate the responses to the RFA, and the applicants will be required to conduct oral presentations. Once oral presentations have concluded, a new OhioRISE managed care organization will be selected.

The following organizations submitted applications in response to ODM's OhioRISE managed care solicitation:

  • Aetna Better Health Inc. dba Aetna Better Health® of Ohio
  • Beacon Health Options of Ohio, Inc.
  • Kids’ CareAlliance Co.
  • Magellan of Ohio, Inc.

View a recording of the OhioRISE RFA release virtual event or watch the video below for more details about the OhioRISE program and the request for applicants to serve as the OhioRISE specialized managed care plan.

The presentation from the Pre-Application Conference is also available.

The OhioRISE plan will partner with the state, providers, and community organizations to expand access to in-home and community-based services. The OhioRISE plan will contract with regional care management entities to ensure OhioRISE members and families have the resources they need navigate their interactions with multiple systems such as juvenile justice and corrections, child protection, developmental disabilities, mental health and addiction, education, and others.

Additional details and a link to the OhioRISE RFA can be found on the RFPs page of medicaid.ohio.gov

Procurement "Quiet Period"

Like any procurement of this size, there are significant guardrails placed in both federal and state law regarding communications during certain periods of contract procurements. ODM must adhere to federal and state procurement requirements to ensure a fair process. As a result, ODM cannot:

  • Share details related to RFA responses received and/or award prior to official public announcements.
  • Communicate design discussions and decisions related to OhioRISE beyond what is stated in the RFA.

At this point in time, ODM is in the “quiet period” for the OhioRISE Procurement, which dramatically limits the information available to share on an individual basis. All information ODM releases regarding the OhioRISE Procurement must be at equal opportunity.