The mission of the Behavioral Health Special Initiative (BHSI) Program provides assessments, referrals, and funding support for persons who are uninsured or underinsured with substance abuse problems and can access licensed treatment programs. The program manages several state and local funding allocations, the largest of which is the Behavioral Health Special Initiative. BHSI operates under the auspices of the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Addiction Services (OAS), a component of the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) through a contract with PMHCC.
BHSI functions as a managed care organization authorizing each client’s care according to clinical and medical necessity (as based on the Pennsylvania Client Placement Criteria, or PCPC) and referring them to a network of licensed drug and alcohol providers both within and outside of Philadelphia.
In addition to ongoing coordination with the OAS, BHSI works with other components of the DBHIDS, including Community Behavioral Health (CBH), the Office of Mental Health (OMH), and Intellectual disAbilities Services (IDS). This allows the program to better meet the needs of clients whose funding may fluctuate between Medical Assistance and Non-medical Assistance status, as well as clients having co-occurring disorders.
TRIP (Telephonic Recovery Initiative Project)
BHSI also includes a support service called the Telephonic Recovery Initiative Project (TRIP), which consists of telephonic support to individuals seeking treatment or additional support while in treatment. BHSI TRIP Resource Aides initiate calls and offer TRIP services to those seeking support in their journey of recovery. Consistent and regular contact is provided to the individual to further explore issues that may present as barriers on the road to recovery.
BHSI staff is comprised of dedicated people with significant clinical and administrative backgrounds and extensive knowledge of substance abuse, addiction, mental health, and health care issues as well as other support staff with expertise in billing and accounting. It should be noted that BHSI is not an entitlement program and therefore has guidelines and qualifications for treatment.
Comprised of Administrative Services and Intensive Case Management, BHSI provides a wide range of treatment services for those with substance abuse with co-occurring issues, through ongoing contact, personal support, interventions, referrals and advocacy. Services include, but are not limited to:
- Short and long term rehabilitation
- Hospital inpatient residential, medically managed
- Intensive outpatient
- Halfway housing
- Ancillary services
- Telephonic recovery outreach
For more information, please contact BHSI Director Jon Korczykowski, M.A.at 215-546-1200 ext. 4776 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Leadership Team
- Community Behavioral Health (CBH)
- Communications Office
- Evidence-based Practice and Innovation Center (EPIC)
- Fiscal Division
- Intellectual disAbility Services (IDS)
- Management Services Division
- Network Improvement and Accountability Collaborative (NIAC)
- Office of Addiction Services
- Behavioral Health Special Initiative (BHSI)
- Provider Development & Transformation Initiatives
- BHSI Intensive Case Management Services
- Philadelphia Prevention Partnership
- Recovery House Initiative
- Forensic Intensive Recovery/ Justice Addiction Treatment Initiatives
- Problem & Pathological Gambling Initiative
- Prevention Services
- Drug Free Coalitions
- Student Assistance Program (SAP) Services
- Office of Mental Health (OMH)
- Office of the Chief Information Officer
- Office of the Chief Medical Officer
- Strategic Planning and Innovation Division
- Grants Opportunities
- DBHIDS Study Tours