Magellan Healthcare

Jessica Pearce, senior network management specialist for Magellan Healthcare, shows off the company’s new space on Thursday, July 6, 2017. With her are (from left) Cambria County Commissioner B.J. Smith, Johnstown Mayor Frank Janakovic and President Commissioner Tom Chernisky.

A new Medicaid managed care provider not only will bring additional services for Cambria County behavioral health and substance abuse clients, but more locally based jobs and investment in Johnstown.

Magellan Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania Inc. outlined some of the benefits during an open house Thursday at its new regional headquarters in the Broad Street Commerce Centre.

Those served as members of the state HealthChoices program will have additional assistance from a peer navigator and a community integration specialist, said Tracy Shultz, Magellan’s local CEO and operations director.

“These people will be out in the community working with the members so they get the services they need for recovery and to be healthy and well,” Shultz said during the open house.

The local Magellan center on Saturday officially took over services formerly provided by Value Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania. The Broad Street operations center employs

12 people and includes room for growth, Shultz said.

Magellan’s additional staff, along with the company’s record of service in Bucks, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties were among the factors that led Cambria to select the provider, said Tracy Selak, Cambria County Behavioral Health Services program administrator.

Selak led the eight-member committee that reviewed five companies that responded to county commissioners’ request for proposals.

The committee included clients and family members, Selak noted.

Magellan was the unanimous choice, she said.

“A lot of it was just that they took the time to know our area,” Selak said. “They did a lot of research and they presented that in their plan.”

As the Medicaid managed behavioral health care provider for the county, Magellan’s staff works with clients and care providers to pay for services needed, Selak explained.

Care management plans, quality of care reviews and compliance audits will be developed in the local center.

“Cambria County is looking forward to working with Magellan and all the partners to find innovative ways to help others achieve a healthy lifestyle,” President County Commissioner Tom Chernisky said.

“The primary goal is to connect residents to the resources and services that are needed to obtain a healthy and vibrant life.”

Randy Griffith is a multimedia reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at 532-5057. Follow him on Twitter @PhotoGriffer57.