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Board Action Request

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Agmt A189074 with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, accepting grant funding for withdrawal management services, 07/01/18-06/30/19, $50,000 (recv)

BE IT RESOLVED, that Agreement A189074 with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota for a grant to expand and modernize withdrawal management services at 1800 Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis during the period July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019, in the receivable amount of $50,000 be approved; 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.


Hennepin County is seeking partnerships with health plans in our effort to expand and modernize withdrawal management services, while subsequently reducing demand on emergency departments and other high cost crisis services. Modern withdrawal management includes health assessments conducted by an RN, daily physician visits as needed, comprehensive substance use assessment for all admissions, and discharge/transfer planning.


Following the Department’s application for funds submitted on March 22, 2018, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota awarded the County $50,000 to expand the provision of medically supervised withdrawal management services. Approximately 90 Blue Cross/Blue Shield members will be served in the next 12 months. The funding will offset property tax spending for services, and facilitate a redesign of services. Costs are covered until later in 2019 when reimbursement for medically supervised withdrawal management service is expected to be available from Medical Assistance. The Department expects to see benefits in serving clients through withdrawal management rather than in the emergency department, saving approximately $660 per patient.