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Resource Management Services Expands Mental Health Services Local mental health service provider Resource Management Services recently expanded its program offerings to include outpatient counseling with the option of medication management services to area children and adults with mental health or behavioral needs. The change comes as a result of Magellan Health Services, Inc., taking over the management of the mental health portion of the state’s Medicaid program on March 1 of this year. The change allows for the statewide expansion of services through the provider network. “In the past, patients had to enroll in a program that consisted of a multitude of components but the new system allows us to offer a more convenient program of individual counseling and medication management if this is all they need,” said Kristi Babineaux, physician liaison. “This change allows us to serve a larger portion of the population to persons with both Medicaid and private pay or insurance.” September 2012 Resource Management Services will also be expanding to provide outpatient addiction services. These services will include counseling and education on recovery and wellness for adolescents and adults. Monica Blanchard, R.N., Director of Operations adds, “For the past 17 years we have utilized a team approach in order to provide quality services to the members we serve. The team consists of a psychiatrist, registered nurse, licensed and master level employees and employees experienced in the delivery of human services. We take pride in addressing all of the needs of our members by offering the opportunities of counseling, skills training, and collaboration with family/school teams, connection to resources and appropriate referrals to other agencies.” Resource Management Services has offices located in Lake Charles, Jennings and Lafayette; covering parishes of Calcasieu, Jeff Davis, Lafayette, Acadia, St. Martin, Iberia and Vermillion. For more information contact Kristi Babineaux at (337) 437-4014. Thrive Magazine for Better Living 59

Thrive September 2012 Issue

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