The Alaska Medicaid program is developing a procurement for a statewide administrative service organization (ASO) to manage the state’s existing system of behavioral health care. The ASO is one of the state’s strategies under its recently submitted 1115 Behavioral Health Demonstration Waiver that seeks to improve overall behavioral health system accountability, reduce the state’s reliance on institutional services, and increase access to early intervention. The state estimates that about 14% of the state’s nearly 180,000 Medicaid beneficiaries will require access to the enhanced set of behavioral health benefits to be offered through the 1115 waiver . . .