Salt Lake County mayor Ben McAdams and Tim Whalen, the county's Director of Behavioral Services discuss more about the audit.
An independent audit of Salt Lake County's system of delivering treatment for mental illness and substance abuse to poor and uninsured county residents concludes that the county's decision to move to a managed-care model brought more choice to consumers and better accountability to taxpayers.
Mayor Ben McAdams called for the audit a year ago, following news from one provider-Valley Mental Health-- that it would discontinue service to approximately 2,200 patients due to budget cuts.
"What the audit found is that-despite some early challenges resulting from the transition from past to present contractor-the decision to move to a managed care model was the right one, especially for some of the most vulnerable consumers that we serve - those suffering from mental illness," said Mayor McAdams.
McAdams said the Division of Behavioral Health Services is moving forward with some of the recommendations provided in the report, including getting more analytical tools to determine if the type of care is actually helping consumers get better.
The full report is available on the mayor's website at slco.org/mayor.