Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care

Recovery Through Whole Health

The Arizona Department of Health Services/Division of Behavioral Health Services (ADHS/DBHS or "the Division") and the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) share the common goal of providing physical healthcare and behavioral healthcare services that are integrated and improve the overall health, wellness and quality of life for members through an efficient, financially sustainable healthcare service delivery system.

To further this goal, in March 2011, AHCCCS and the Division applied for, and were awarded, a planning grant to explore the feasibility of a Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) model with expanded responsibility for Title XIX eligible adults determined to have a Serious Mental Illness (SMI). This RBHA model is referred as "Recovery through Whole Health". This RBHA model has now been implemented and is fully responsible for coordinated and integrated behavioral healthcare and physical healthcare for Title XIX eligible adults with SMI. The RBHA began operations in Maricopa County in April 2014. More details:

AHCCCS and the Division, through an Interagency Steering Committee, are committed to designing and implementing this model, Recovery Through Whole Health, in a manner that is inclusive and collaborative with all stakeholders in the physical and behavioral healthcare communities. Please send us your feedback at any time: Behavioral Health Services (BHS) Feedback Form