The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved a $1.36 million contract with Canvas Health Dec. 1, to continue to provide services to county residents through 2021.

Canvas Health provides services to children, adolescents, adults, elderly individuals, and families who struggle with aging, crises, chemical and mental health, and domestic and sexual abuse.

Washington County has contracted with Canvas Health for many years to provide many state-mandated mental health services and other services to county residents. Services include adult psychiatry, crisis clinic psychiatry services, outpatient mental health services, psychological and parenting evaluation services, abuse and recovery services, case management for children diagnosed as Seriously Emotionally Disturbed (SED), and family-based services.

With the advent of Minnesota Managed Care Organizations and the Affordable Care Act, there has been a large shift in funding for services that were historically funded through the Canvas Health contract. Data continues to be collected and reviewed to understand these changes and to adjust funding accordingly. In review of data that was collected in 2019 and part of 2020, a number of services in the Canvas Health contract were identified as services now funded by health plans for a large number of Washington County residents. Subsequently, adjustments have been made to the county contract with Canvas Health. All changes have been made with the focus of ensuring that residents are receiving needed services in an appropriate and timely manner, while also ensuring the responsible use of taxpayer funds.

The overall change from the 2020 contract is a reduction of $90,109, or 6.2%.

Outcome data is collected and analyzed on all services purchased from Canvas Health. An annual performance report is submitted to Washington County Community Services and is available upon request.

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