About Us

Empower helps Arkansans with special needs live better lives and reach their full potential. We empower individuals to lead fuller, healthier lives at home and in their communities. This includes healthcare. Empower helps your doctors and other experts work together. We want you to have choices and be part of the treatment plan. If you have the best care, it is more likely you will reach your goals.

As a member of Empower, you will work with a Care Coordinator who will help you with your treatment plan. Your Care Coordinator will make sure you are getting the most out of your services. This will ensure you are getting the best care.

Empower is run by six organizations working together:

Arkansas Community Health Network (ACHN). ACHN is composed of four health care systems: Baxter Regional Health System, North Arkansas Medical System, Unity Health, and White River Health System.

Beacon Health Options (Beacon). Beacon is the nation’s largest organization exclusively dedicated to assessing and addressing the clinical and social needs of individuals experiencing mental illness, addiction and developmental disabilities. In Arkansas, since 2010, Beacon has had contracts with the Department of Human Services to assist in administering the behavioral health care delivery system.

Independent Case Management (ICM). ICM is a statewide premier provider of home and community-based supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Statera. Statera is an entity comprised of leaders and innovators committed to serving the long-term support services needs of Arkansans, including those with behavioral health and developmental disability diagnoses. Together, the representatives of Statera have vast health care experience, spanning home health, hospice, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, independent care facilities, institutional pharmacies, retail pharmacies, medical clinics, rural health clinics, non-emergency transportation services; and full-service rehabilitation therapy businesses throughout Arkansas. 

The Arkansas Healthcare Alliance, LLC. The Alliance is comprised of approximately 22 well-established inpatient and outpatient providers, who strive to provide quality behavioral health, substance use disorder, and intellectual and developmental disability services. Together, the Alliance offers individualized treatment to tens of thousands of Arkansas infants, children, adolescents, adults, and families.

Woodruff Health Group, LLC (ARcare/pharmacist). ARcare operates as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). In addition, ARcare is the statewide provider of medical and case management services for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program. Over the last 30 years, ARcare has created a health care home through a network of 36 primary care clinics, three pharmacies, and four wellness centers to serve underserved communities and provide access to quality health care.