Item Coversheet

Board Action Request

Item Description:
Agmt A188778 with UCare, accepting grant funding for withdrawal management services, 1/15/18-1/15/19, $200,000 (recv)

BE IT RESOLVED, that Agreement A188778 with UCare for a grant to expand and modernize withdrawal management services at 1800 Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis during the period January 15, 2018 to January 15, 2019, in the receivable amount of $200,000 be approved; that the Human Services and Public Health department’s 2018 budget be amended to increase revenues by $200,000; that the Chair of the Board be authorized to sign the Agreement on behalf of the county; and that the Controller be authorized to accept and disburse funds as directed; and


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that sponsorship and acceptance of grant funding for this program by the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners does not imply a continued funding commitment by Hennepin County for this program when grant funds are no longer available.


Subsequent to the Department’s application for funds, UCare awarded the County $200,000 to expand the provision of medically supervised withdrawal management services. UCare has issued funds to the County in order to expand and modernize withdrawal management services at 1800 Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis, while subsequently reducing demand on emergency departments and other high cost crisis services. The department and UCare have negotiated a study design to formalize service arrangements and expected outcomes. The funding will offset property tax spending for, and facilitate a redesign of services until 2019 when reimbursement for medically supervised withdrawal management service will be available from Medical Assistance. The Department expects to see benefits in serving clients through withdrawal management rather than in the emergency department, reducing costs of care by approximately $660 per patient.