History and Vision

Allegheny HealthChoices, Inc. (AHCI) was formed in 1999 by Allegheny County to monitor the transition of Medicaid-funded behavioral health services to a managed care environment. Over time, AHCI’s role evolved from one of monitoring and oversight to that of a partner and consultant in system planning and evaluation, project management, data management and analysis, and recovery, working with nearly half the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Sadly, due to changes in available funding, AHCI was not able to continue its work indefinitely, leading to its closure in 2023.

For more information on AHCI’s prior work, please see below. To learn more about AHCI’s former staff, please go to About Us above and click on Staff.

Our Approach

Our team of experienced professionals is unique in its broad scope, commitment, personal style, and ability to use data, analytics and clinical expertise to evaluate and improve behavioral health services.

While holding the values of quality and recovery in the forefront:

  • We use data to evaluate outcomes, which informs areas of future need and program improvements.
  • We work with county governments, managed care organizations, providers, service users and other stakeholders to look at challenges from every angle and consider all solutions.
  • We provide consultation and training to assist providers with the implementation of the most clinically sound, evidence-based practices.
  • We provide public education to build awareness of behavioral health as an illness from which people can and do recover, so that people can seek treatment without stigma.