Ascent Children’s Health Services is closing facilities in Arkadelphia, North Little Rock and West Memphis that provide Medicaid-covered early intervention day treatment and outpatient behavioral health services to about 400 children. Other providers will be sought, though Clark County at the moment has no early intervention program at the moment.

The Department of Human Services distributed this notice:

Ascent Children’s Health Services has notified the Department of Human Services (DHS) that it plans to close three of its facilities – Arkadelphia, North Little Rock, and West Memphis – effective Oct. 17, 2018. These three locations currently provide Medicaid-funded services through the Early Intervention Day Treatment (EIDT) program and the Outpatient Behavioral Health program. The closure will not change or disrupt a child’s eligibility to remain in the EIDT program, even if the child was grandfathered in when EIDT launched earlier this year.

To ensure that Medicaid beneficiaries can continue to access services, DHS will be sending beneficiaries a list of licensed Medicaid providers in their areas from which they can choose. DHS will be working closely with Ascent to ensure the transition for beneficiaries to a new provider is as smooth as possible. When the Ascent facility in Arkadelphia closes, the DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS) has determined that Clark County will have no other active EIDT providers. The DHS Division of Provider Services and Quality Assurance will work to identify existing Arkansas providers that may be willing to begin providing services in that county.

The number of Medicaid beneficiaries each location is currently serving is:

Arkadelphia – 67

North Little Rock – 152

West Memphis – 189

Beneficiaries may ask for assistance by calling the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC) Medicaid Beneficiary Service Center at 1-833-402-0672. The hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If the beneficiary is a member of a PASSE, he or she should contact his or her care coordinator for assistance.

For families who were receiving child care services at one of these three facilities, you may qualify for child care assistance. Go to www.access.arkansas.gov , answer the voter registration question, and then click on the light blue log-in/apply button for child care assistance.