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DHH Yet To Audit Company Handling Mental Health, Addiction Treatments

DHH Yet To Audit Company Handling Mental Health, Addiction Treatments

Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration hasn't done an independent performance review of the private company it hired to manage mental health and addictive disorder treatment services.

An audit released Monday says the state Department of Health and Hospitals may extend its contract with Magellan Health Services without getting an external analysis of the company's performance under a two-year contract worth $363 million.

DHH says it has selected a contractor to do the external quality review of the privatization deal with Magellan.

Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office says DHH doesn't know if the contractor has followed federal and state regulations or all contract requirements.

Under a program called the Louisiana Behavioral Health Partnership, the Jindal administration shifted oversight and claims processing for mental health and addictive treatment programs to Magellan.

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