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Published: Monday, July 29 2013 6:50 p.m. MDT

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Clearfield, UT

It appears that the real blame for the poor transition to a County-wide mental health system with a number of different providers lies with OptumHealth which is responsible for the whole mental health system in the County. Valley Mental Health is likely complying with the contract its signed with OptumHealth, but it can't be responsible for the whole system in the County and referrals are typical in mental health when different providers bid on parts of the system. It is up to OptumHealth to ensure that the right hand knows what the left hand is doing. If it hasn't already, OptumHealth should have been holding inter-agency networking coordinating meetings on the behalf of all its mental health patients in the County. Of course the ultimate responsibility for the problems occurring in the County lies with the County Mayor and the Council whose staffs should have known better. Anybody have a Masters in Public Administration degree helping to run the County?


Wow. The county had a system that wasn't broke and in a few short years have sent it into chaos. Blame the previous County Executive primarily, but also an ineffective previous CEO at Valley Mental Health. However, the main culprit is a faceless County bureaucrat who used to work for the State Substance Agency and has distrusted the mental health system for years. He has been in the shadows whispering untruths to those who would listen.

Don't blame OptumHealth. They are doing what any managed care firm is trained to do. They are there to channel the providers into disincentive contracts while skimming outrageous profits back to their parent company. The question is have any of those profits made it into the coffers of local politicians or bureaucrats?

If there is any integrity in the coming investigation, the truth will come out. If the opposite exists, then welcome to big government corruption.

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