Molina and King County announce 3-year behavioral health agreement

Following a two-year trial period, Molina Healthcare of Washington and King County have announced a three-year agreement to support behavioral health care in the region.

King County is the only county in Washington that plays a central coordinating role for the behavioral health care system in the area; other counties have transitioned behavioral health services to Medicaid Manage Care Organizations (MCOs). With the signing of this three-year contract, Molina, the largest MCO in the state, becomes the first MCO to enter into a multi-year relationship with the county and the King County Integrated Care Network (KCICN).



“This multi-year agreement brings stability to the behavioral healthcare system in King County during this terrible pandemic, and reinforces the innovative public-private partnership model we’ve created for coordinating care for our region,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine in a prepared statement. “We look forward to expanding our partnership with Molina Healthcare and improving access to quality care for our residents, now and for the future.”

“This long-term relationship will allow Molina Medicaid members to benefit from both Molina’s and King County’s care management, provider networks, and supportive services, while enabling us to jointly focus on improving comprehensive health outcomes for Molina members,” added Molina President Peter Adler. “King County’s broad array of social and behavioral health services pair perfectly with Molina’s fully integrated managed care programs and services.”

The statement announcing the new partnership also details a new COVID-19 quality project aimed at assisting Molina members during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Specifically, the initiative will support members receiving temporary housing or care in King County isolation and quarantine sites by providing an integrated health screening covering behavioral health, physical health, and social determinants. Molina members at these sites will also receive support as they transition from the site to the community.

“I applaud the leadership in King County and Molina Healthcare in moving this contract forward not only to provide stability to our behavioral health care system in a time of great need, but also in creating a stronger foundation for integrated healthcare in King County for the future,” said State Representative Nicole Macri, who represents parts of Seattle.