DAYTON, Ohio, Aug. 16, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CareSource, a Dayton-based nonprofit health plan, has been awarded a statewide contract for the Community Transition Program (CTP) by Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS). CTP will provide access to housing resources, vocational services, peer support and other nontraditional recovery services for citizens with histories of substance abuse disorders who are re-entering the community from Ohio prisons.

As many as 6,000 individuals will be eligible for the program as they leave the 28 prisons in the state of Ohio. The program will support the successful re-entry and coordination of care of those who voluntarily enroll by partnering with Medicaid Managed Care Organizations to holistically treat substance abuse disorders and behavioral health problems. The Community Transitions Program is the first of its kind in Ohio and will provide improved continuity of care, and new services to an underserved population.

CareSource's history of delivering innovative services and ability to deliver a comprehensive plan in a timely fashion were the key assets the company brought to the State of Ohio. The plan includes scalable tools, processes, and infrastructure to promote the successful reintegration of citizens into communities. Members will have access to enhanced care coordination, innovative benefits and a quality provider network.

"Each year, Ohio sees individuals placed in prisons with documented substance abuse disorders or behavioral health issues. We know that with the proper opportunities, care and treatment, we can partner with state leaders and our health and social service providers to break the cycle of incarceration that many of them are in." said Jonas Thom, Vice President of Behavioral Health at CareSource. "CareSource has a unique opportunity with the Community Transition Program to help these individuals overcome their addictions and regain control of their lives."

About CareSource
CareSource is a nonprofit health plan nationally recognized for leading the managed care industry in providing member-centric health care coverage. Founded in 1989, CareSource is one of the nation's largest Medicaid managed care plans. Today CareSource offers a lifetime of health coverage to more than 1.5 million members across four states including offerings on the Health Insurance Marketplace and Medicare Advantage plans.

Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, CareSource has a workforce of 2,900 employees located across the region. CareSource is living its mission to make a lasting difference in its members' lives by improving their health and well-being. CareSource understands the challenges consumers face navigating the health system and works to put health care in reach for those it serves.

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