Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Lehigh County Spends $75 MM Per Year On Mental Health
This is great for Magellan. Nothing like a no-bid contract in the waning days of what is really a caretaker administration. But is it good government?
Commissioner Vic Mazziotti has his doubts. He does not like to see contract provisions redacted from public inspection, despite Magellan's concerns that competitors get to see what it charges. "Id vote against it just for that reason," he told me last night. "The public has a right to know every word in a public contract."
He's also concerned that this is the "wrong time" for such a major contract, which could last up to four years.
Mazziotti tells me that these mental health services are offered to low income residents, and that about 50,000-60,000 people meet the income guidelines. But how many of these are actually consumers?
In a day and age where senseless gun violence is perpetrated by people with serious mental health issues and state hospitals are closing, I'm all for spending what we need to spend on mental health. But No Bid? Is this the most effective way to do it? How many consumers are actually benefited by this annual payment of $75 million?
I'll try to get answers tonight.
Incidentally, Northampton County uses Magellan, too.