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Salt Lake County picks health firm for counseling

Salt Lake County picks health firm for counseling

Posted - Sep. 28, 2010 at 8:26 a.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A protest is being lodged after Salt Lake County chose a Minnesota-based managed care firm to take over county behavioral counseling and treatment services to children, adults and seniors.

The Deseret News reported Tuesday that Valley Mental Health is challenging the selection of OptumHealth.

Valley has provided those services for 23 years in Salt Lake, Tooele and Summit counties.

The newspaper says the contract could be worth $55 million over 18 months beginning in January 2011, with an option for one two-year extension after June 2012.

Valley executive Debra Falvo says she doubts OptumHealth has a local provider system in place to handle the job.

OptumHealth spokesman Brad Lotterman says the health and wellness arm of United Health Group reaches about 5 million client in 38 states.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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