Cenpatico to Present at the National Council for Behavioral Health Conference in Washington, D.C., May 5 -7, 2014 - WNEM TV 5

Cenpatico to Present at the National Council for Behavioral Health Conference in Washington, D.C., May 5 -7, 2014

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Workshop on Improving Lives Through Payer/Provider Collaboration

AUSTIN, Texas, May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cenpatico is pleased to announce that Michelle Thomas, Clinical Director, will co-present with Thresholds'  Mark Furlong, VP of Clinical Operations, at this year's National Conference in Washington, D.C., May 5-7. Cenpatico, with its sister health plan, IlliniCare, partnered with Thresholds to develop and implement a pilot program that focused on improving the lives of super utilizing members while achieving the Triple Aim of the Affordable Care Act. The workshop, titled "Improving Lives through Innovation and Payer/Provider Collaboration," will provide an overview of the pilot and offer attendees practical "how-to" guidance for developing payer-provider partnerships so that they can develop collaborative, innovative solutions in their communities.

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"We are excited to be part of this year's National Council Conference. We know that partnering with providers is key to continue improving the lives of our members through innovative solutions," said Sam Donaldson, President and CEO of Cenpatico.

The National Council Conference is the nation's premier behavioral healthcare conference, attended by executives, board members, and staff from the nation's community mental health and substance use treatment organizations. The event features the latest innovations, science, and business and clinical best practices.

About Cenpatico:
Cenpatico's expertise lies in managing benefits for vulnerable populations. Our healthcare specialties include behavioral health, foster care, school-based services, specialty therapy and rehabilitation and more. We have managed Medicaid and other public sector benefits since 1994; currently, we serve nearly 3 million members nationally. Our headquarters are in Austin, Texas and we have local teams across the country in the markets we serve. Cenpatico is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation. We are committed to innovative solutions and designing programs tailored to improving functional outcomes with our members. Find us online at www.cenpatico.com.

About IlliniCare Health Plan:
IlliniCare Health Plan (IlliniCare) is a Managed Care Organization (MCO) contracted to provide services under Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services Integrated Care Program and the Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative (MMAI). IlliniCare is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC), a leading multi-line healthcare enterprise offering both core Medicaid and specialty services. IlliniCare currently serves over 20,000 members as part of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services Integrated Care Program (ICP) in Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, Kankakee and Will Counties. In 2013, IlliniCare expanded the Integrated Care Program to serve Boone, McHenry, Winnebago, Rock Island and Mercer Counties. IlliniCare was also recently been named as one of the six Managed Care Organizations selected by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to participate in the Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative (MMAI) in the greater Chicago area. Information regarding IlliniCare is available at www.illinicare.com.

About Thresholds:
Established in 1959, Thresholds provides healthcare, housing, and hope for thousands of persons with mental illness in Illinois each year. Through care, research, employment, advocacy, and housing, Thresholds assists and inspires people with mental illness to reclaim their lives. Thresholds is the oldest and largest provider of recovery services for persons with mental illnesses in Illinois. They offer 25 innovative programs at more than 70 locations throughout Chicago, the adjacent suburbs, and McHenry and Kankakee Counties. Services include assertive outreach, case management, housing, employment, education, psychiatry, primary care, and substance abuse treatment. Last year, Thresholds served more than 6,000 adults and youth, with 75% of services delivered out in the community, representing more than 400,000 hours of care. For more information, please visit www.thresholds.org or follow @thresholdsctrs on Twitter.

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