Summit Community Care Launches Services to Help Medicaid Consumers with Disabilities, Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Summit Community Care, one of Arkansas’ provider owned and operated managed care organizations, has launched an innovative model of care that integrates physical health, behavioral health, home and community services under one entity. The health plan is a collaboration between the Arkansas Provider Coalition and an affiliate of Amerigroup Corporation to serve Medicaid consumers across all of Arkansas who have mental health issues, substance use disorders, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Summit Community Care has been licensed and certified as a Provider-led Arkansas Shared Savings Entity (PASSE) under the state's new model of managed care, which is designed to address complex and costly health care challenges.

“The Summit Community Care service model focuses on empowering consumers and families through one-on-one support and customized care plans,” said Doug Stadter, Summit Community Care’s vice president of Care Coordination. “Through a unique collaboration among our provider coalitions and the Medicaid alliance team at Amerigroup, we are delivering quality, integrated and effective care to some of the state's most vulnerable residents.”

Summit Community Care combines the extensive resources of Amerigroup’s family of companies, robust experience as an accredited NCQA Managed Behavioral Healthcare Organization and diverse expertise in developing and managing Medicaid managed care programs along with Arkansas’ leading behavioral and disability health experts.

“Our Medicaid alliance team is proud to align our strengths with Arkansas’ recognized top health care leaders in the market on behavioral and disability health,” said J.P. Holland, vice president, Medicaid Alliance Business. “Together, we are introducing a new model of care that is consumer-focused, and offers innovative, effective solutions that consumers with specialized needs require to achieve optimal health outcomes.”

The Arkansas Department of Human Services estimates around 30,000 Medicaid consumers in Arkansas will be eligible to participate in the state’s PASSE care coordination program and have the opportunity to enroll in Summit Community Care. Eligible consumers are auto-assigned to one of five PASSE program health plans and are allowed to change their plan during the first 90 days after assignment. For more information about the PASSE program, participating health plans and the Summit Community Care approach, visit


Summit Community Care is a joint venture between the Arkansas Provider Coalition and Anthem Partnership Holding Company, LLC, an affiliate of one of the nation’s leading health benefits companies. Summit Community Care is one of Arkansas’ first provider owned and operated managed care organizations built to provide services to Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries. It is led by 70 Arkansas community providers who serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, substance use disorders and mental health disorders. More information about Summit Community Care can be found at


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