PMHCC Programs

Behavioral Health Special Initiative

The mission of the Behavioral Health Special Initiative (BHSI) Program is to provide assessments, referrals and funding support for persons who are uninsured or underinsured with substance abuse problems and who can access licensed treatment programs. Under the umbrella title of BHSI, the Program manages several state and local funding allocations, the largest of which is the Behavioral Health Special Initiative. Programmatically BHSI operates under the auspices of the City’s Office of Addiction Services (OAS), a component of the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health/MRS through a contract with PMHCC.



The BHSI Program functions as a managed care organization  authorizing each patient’s care according to clinical/medical necessity  (based on the Pennsylvania Client Placement Criteria) (PCPC) and referring them to a network of licensed drug and alcohol providers both within and outside of the City.

In addition to ongoing coordination with OAS, the BHSI program works with the other components the City’s Department of Behavioral Health/MRS: Community Behavioral Health and the Office of Mental Health. This allows the Program to better meet the needs of clients whose funding eligibility fluctuates between medical assistance and non-medical assistance status as well as clients who have co-occurring disorders (mental illness and addictions).

Staff of this Program is comprised of dedicated individuals with significant clinical background and knowledge of substance abuse, mental health and health care issues as well as other staff with expertise in billing and computer skills. BHSI is not an entitlement program and has guidelines for treatment.

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OAS Intensive Case Management (Fee for Services)

The Office of Addiction Services Case Management Unit provides support services to Philadelphia residents who are Health Choices eligible; funded by Community Behavioral Health (CBH) seeking self sufficiency and recovery from substance abuse and co-occurring disorders through providing ongoing support and ancillary services such as: engagement, evaluation of the client’s strengths and needs, service planning and goal setting, linking, monitoring, advocacy and coaching.


Other Activities

BHSI Program works closely with the Forensic Intensive Recovery Program and other criminal justice initiatives serving abusers within that system. BHSI staff provides clinical evaluations for forensic clients, identifies community based treatment sites and pays for the treatment of those individuals who were mandated by the court to attend treatment in lieu of incarceration.

The Office of Addictions Services Core Services is also embedded and housed at BHSI that offer non-drug treatment services which support clients while their receiving formal treatment in order to address a broad array of needs. The coordination of treatment and core services helps clients maximize their rehabilitation and recovery process.

All Addiction Service funded outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization programs can access core services for clients participating in their treatment program. Core Services are also available to criminal justice clients in residential programs and OAS funded recovery houses and the Philadelphia Recovery Community Center. These identified services include, Domestic Violence Counseling-Victim Perpetrator, Life Skills, GED Literacy/Education, Parenting Skills Training, Nutrition, Anger Management, Wellness Works, Therapeutic Recreation and Housing, Credit and Financial Services.

BHSI has a new support service, Telephonic Recovery Initiative Project (TRIP) which consists of telephonic support to individuals seeking treatment or additional support while in treatment. TRIP’s resource Aides will initiate telephone calls and offer TRIP services to those seeking support in their quest for recovery. TRIP staff will contact the individual on a regular basic to offer support with recovery by sharing information and resources that can assist with recovery as well as exploring issues that may present as barriers on their road to recovery.The Homeless Engagement Intensive Case Management Grant will provide for trauma-informed strengths-based intensive case management services for chronically homeless clients who are in one of the identified five long term substance abuse and co-occurring residential treatment programs that are designed to serve that specific population. Intensive Case Managers will case manage these clients while theiy are in specialized long-term substance and co-occurring residential treatment programs. Upon the completion of treatment, the clients will be eligible for housing vouchers for permanent housing through an arrangement with the Philadelphia Housing Authority.

The Homeless Engagement Intensive Case Management Grant funds will allow for the Intensive Case Managers (3) to continue to work with the clients for a minimum of one (1) year while they are residing in permanent housing in order to provide support and increase the likelihood that the clients will succeed in an independent living setting. The case management services will be provided by PMHCC through a contract with the City of Philadelphia which began on 9/29/09. The duration of the grant is five (5) years.

PMHCC provides critical administrative support to the BHSI Program through its fiscal component, IT and human resources management and a variety of other managerial elements.