Alabama Psychiatric Services to close this month, thousands of patients impacted statewide

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Alabama Psychiatric Services confirms it will end services on February 13, 2015.  It cites a decrease in funding from Blue Cross/Blue Shield and a change in how the insurance company covers behavorial health services as the reason for the closure.

Alabama Psychiatric Services

An employee at the Madison facility confirmed the closure earlier today, as did several patients.  It’s estimated the closure will impact approximately 30,000 patients statewide.

In north Alabama, APS also has facilities in Cullman, Decatur and Florence.  The Madison location is on Lanier Road off Hughes Road.

The company posted this message on its apsy.com on Wednesday afternoon:

“After over thirty years of service to our clients for their behavioral health needs, APS will be ending services on Friday, February 13, 2015. It has been our privilege to have offered services to our clients across Alabama, and to have been a critical part of the behavioral health service delivery system across our great state. At the request of Blue Cross/Blue Shield, we opened offices throughout Alabama. Unfortunately, due to a decrease in funding from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama and a change in its model of providing behavioral health, we are not able to continue our mission. We would have liked to have given both our patients and our employees more notice of our closure, but this was not possible under the circumstances. APS is making every effort to provide care and transition patients to other providers and our own providers who join or develop their own practices. APS is cooperating fully with other organizations to facilitate the resolution of this intense period.”

APS did not mail out letters.  We’re told there were several copies of this two-page letter available for patients to read in the Madison facility:

Page 1 of the letter to patients in APS' Madison office
Page 1 of the letter to patients in APS’ Madison office (click for larger view)

Page 1 of the letter to patients in APS' Madison office
Page 2 of the letter to patients in APS’ Madison office (click for larger view)

WHNT News 19 is told several doctors at the Madison branch will form their own practice.

If you can offer insight about how the APS closure affects other avenues of health care, please email news.department@whnt.com.  We plan to pursue more coverage in the coming days.

Editor’s Note: In our initial report, we stated the closure of APS would possibly affect 200,000 people statewide.  That was an estimate from an employee.  Figures released a few days later by the Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association put that figure at approximately 30,000 people.

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