University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

ARCHIVE: Social Work Panel on Medicaid Transformation Initiative

March 21, 2014
Panel Discussion of 1115 Medicaid Transformation Waiver Initiative for Bell County
Panel Discussion of 1115 Medicaid Transformation Waiver Initiative for Bell County

Belton, Texas – On Tuesday, March 25, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor social work program will host a panel discussion on innovative health care and behavioral health programs in Bell County that have been or are seeking support through the 1115 Medicaid Transformation Waiver Initiative. The panel will begin at 4 p.m. in the Lord Conference Center on the UMHB campus and is free and open to the public.

“The federal government permitted states to submit proposals for programs to essentially expand Medicaid programs that were new and innovative,” Dr. Isaac Gusukuma, chair of UMHB’s Social Work, Sociology & Criminal Justice Department, said. “We have a number of different grants from across Bell County that are actually part of it.”

This event will bring together representatives from multiple local agencies/organizations, including Baylor Scott & White, the County Health District, Seton-Harker Heights, Central Counties Services (formerly MHMR Services), and other organizations. These representatives will be discussing critical health and behavioral health initiatives in Bell County. Judge Jon Burrows will provide opening remarks and will be present for the discussion.

“We’re hosting the forum to provide the community with updates about where we are in the community health plan,” Gusukuma said. “We also hope to get feedback from the public about other potential programs that could be proposed in the future.”

“We are looking for areas where there might be gaps or lack of access to services,” Gusukuma said.