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Posted on: September 4, 2018

Behavioral Health Firm Pulls Out of NEPA Counties

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UPDATE (Sept. 12, 2018) -- The Wayne County Commissioners announce the release of a “Request for Information” (RFI) in which Wayne County Office of Behavioral and Developmental Programs and Early Intervention is seeking letters of intent from providers interested in offering comprehensive Behavioral Health services within Wayne County. 

The RFI was sent to all licensed agency providers in the contiguous counties of the northeast region.  This Request for Information is in response to Merakey’s notification to the community of its intent to close all Behavioral Health Services (except for the Dual Diagnosis Treatment Team) in their Carbondale and Honesdale Offices by the end of October. Wayne County officials and staff as well Community Care Behavioral Health are working together to assure that behavioral health services will be available to consumers during the transition to a new provider. 

During this transition time, Merakey Behavioral Health Services is still accepting referrals for services. 

The Request for Information was released on Tuesday, September 12th and responses are due by 4:00pm on September 21st.  The Selection of a provider is anticipated in early October in order meet the requested withdrawal date by Merakey of October 29th, 2018.

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HONESDALE -- Merakey Behavioral Health Services (formerly NHS) notified the Wayne County Commissioners and the Office of Behavioral and Developmental Programs and Early Intervention that the executive team intends to close all Behavioral Health Services (except for the Dual Diagnosis Treatment Team) in their northeast region – that is the Carbondale and Honesdale Offices. 

The required 60-day notice was given at a meeting on Wednesday, August 29. 

The Merakey team has assured County officials that “services will continue until all persons currently receiving services are enrolled in a safe program (alternative provider).”  The Behavioral Health administrative team for Wayne County has already developed a work plan to bring additional providers to Wayne County to ensure the continuity of services for all levels of care currently offered by Merakey.

The nonprofit company, which provides care for people with developmental disabilities and offers a wide range of outpatient program for children and adults, blames unsustainable insurance reimbursement rates

While the decision to discontinue operations of Merakey’s Behavioral Health services in the Northeast is significant for the Wayne County community, consumers can be assured that services will continue to be provided.

Should a consumer or family have any questions concerning services, please contact Wayne County Office of Behavioral and Developmental Programs and Early Intervention at (570) 253-9200 and ask to speak with Margaret Ennis or John Nebzydoski.

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