MONTANA: MANAGED MENTAL HEALTH CARE CASE CLOSES
"Court arguments in a lawsuit to scrap Montana's $400This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
million mental health contract concluded Monday with state
officials arguing they followed the rules and picked the best
company," BILLINGS GAZETTE reports. California-based Vista
Behavioral "wants Helena District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock to toss
out the state's five-year pact with Montana Community Partners,"
claiming the company "was given preferential treatment in the
bidding process and allowed to bend the rules." However, state
officials "maintain the contract was awarded fairly" (see AHL
3/24) and believe Sherlock "will rule in their favor." GAZETTE
reports, however, that "there still exists the possibility that
Sherlock will agree with Vista and order a new contracting
process be conducted." Attorneys for both sides must submit
their final written arguments to Sherlock by May 21 before he
will issue a decision (McLaughlin, 5/6).