The mission of the Behavioral Health Special Initiative (BHSI) Program is to provide assessments, referrals and funding support for persons who are uninsured or underinsured with substance abuse problems and who can access licensed treatment programs. Under the umbrella title of BHSI, the Program manages several state and local funding allocations, the largest of which is the Behavioral Health Special Initiative. Programmatically BHSI operates under the auspices of the City’s Office of Addiction Services (OAS), a component of the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services through a contract with PMHCC.

Behavioral Health Special Initiative:

The BHSI Program functions as a managed care organization authorizing each patient’s care according to clinical/medical necessity (based on the Pennsylvania Client Placement Criteria) (PCPC) and referring them to a network of licensed drug and alcohol providers both within and outside of the City.

In addition to ongoing coordination with OAS, the BHSI program works with the other components the City’s Department of Behavioral Health/MRS: Community Behavioral Health and the Office of Mental Health. This allows the Program to better meet the needs of clients whose funding eligibility fluctuates between medical assistance and non-medical assistance status as well as clients who have co-occurring disorders (mental illness and addictions).

Staff of this Program is comprised of dedicated individuals with significant clinical background and knowledge of substance abuse, mental health and health care issues as well as other staff with expertise in billing and computer skills. BHSI is not an entitlement program and has guidelines for treatment.

 provides critical administrative support to the BHSI Program through its fiscal component, information and human resources management and a variety of other managerial elements.

Other Activities:

BHSI Program works closely with the Forensic Intensive Recovery Program and other criminal justice initiatives serving abusers within that system. BHSI staff provides clinical evaluations for forensic clients, identifies community based treatment sites and pays for the treatment of those individuals who were mandated by the court to attend treatment in lieu of incarceration.

The Office of Addictions Services Core Services is also embedded and housed at BHSI that offer non-drug treatment services which support clients while their receiving formal treatment in order to address a broad array of needs. The coordination of treatment and core services helps clients maximize their rehabilitation and recovery process.

 All Addiction Service funded outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization programs can access core services for clients participating in their treatment program. Core Services are also available to criminal justice clients in residential programs and OAS funded recovery houses and the Philadelphia Recovery Community Center. These identified services include, Domestic Violence Counseling-Victim Perpetrator, Life Skills, GED Literacy/Education, Parenting Skills Training, Nutrition, Anger Management, Wellness Works, Therapeutic Recreation and Housing, Credit and Financial Services.