By Monica E. Oss It has been an interesting week in health and human services. Hawaii awarded a three-year contract valued at $62 million to manage the state’s Medicaid program for consumers with serious mental illnesses (see Hawaii Medicaid Awards $62 Million Contract To Incumbent Centene/WellCare For Managed Care Services For People With SMI). Massachusetts has released a preview of its plans for reorganizing its behavioral health system (see Massachusetts Unveils Plan For Ambulatory Behavioral Health Reorganization). And news of more mergers and acquisitions continue—The MENTOR Network Acquires D&S Community Services To Increase Access To I/DD Services In Kentucky, New Jersey, Tennessee & Texas and Battery Ventures Creates Behavioral…
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COVID-19 Risk Management Plan August 11, 2021

We are excited to return to sunny southern California for The 2021 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute at the picturesque Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, August 23-26, 2021. To help plan your in-person attendance, visit for a schedule of events happening throughout the week.

The resurgence of the COVID Delta variant has certainly created new challenges for the country and for our families. Fortunately, the available COVID vaccinations have been very successful in preventing symptomatic infections and illness. But I did want to let you know that our team at OPEN MINDS is committed to making our executive events as safe as possible and have an active risk management plan in place. I wanted to share with you the key elements of our plan:

We will continue to monitor any changes in the CDC recommendations for the continued safety of the public. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to reach out to a member of our team at or by phone at 877-350-6463. We look forward to seeing you at The 2021 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute.

Monica E. Oss
Chief Executive Officer

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