MAXIMUS Awarded $8.7 Million Diversion Program for the State of California

RESTON, Va.--()--April 26, 2004--The State of California, Department of Consumer Affairs has awarded MAXIMUS (NYSE:MMS) a five-year, $8.7 million contract to manage a chemical dependency and mental illness monitoring and referral program for more than 700 health care professionals regulated by the State Boards and Committees. The Department of Consumer Affairs' Diversion Program is a statewide, and confidential monitoring and referral program. Participation in the Diversion Program may either be on a voluntary or mandatory basis. That is, participation may be compelled if an individual is involved in the applicable State Boards and/or Committee disciplinary process.

MAXIMUS will provide case management and education and outreach for Diversion Program participants during their recovery, as well as liaison with the Board or Committee to which they are affiliated. To provide these services, MAXIMUS will employ a Diversion-dedicated team, supported by a sophisticated case management system.

This new project builds upon MAXIMUS prior experience as the prime contractor for the Social Security Administration's Referral and Monitoring Agency (RMA) Program, one of the largest and most successful drug referral and monitoring programs in the country. Through the RMA, MAXIMUS gained a thorough appreciation for working with individuals with alcohol and drug addiction issues and a reputation as a management contractor skilled in successful implementation of programs serving disabled beneficiaries.

"Based upon our expertise gained through the operation of a similar program for the Federal government, MAXIMUS expects to provide a more streamlined, cost efficient Diversion program to the Department of Consumer Affairs. Our goal is to effectively assist healthcare professionals to return quickly to a safe and successful practice," said David V. Mastran, CEO of MAXIMUS.

MAXIMUS is one of America's leading government services companies devoted to providing program management, consulting and information technology services. The Company has more than 5,500 employees located in more than 280 offices in the United States, Canada and Australia. In 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2003 MAXIMUS was selected by Forbes Magazine as one of the Best 200 Small Companies in America for that year. MAXIMUS was selected by Business Week Magazine as one of the 100 Best Hot Growth Small Companies in 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002. Additionally, MAXIMUS is included in the Russell 2000 Index and the S&P SmallCap 600 Index.

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Contacts

MAXIMUS
Investors:
Lisa Miles, 1.800.MAXIMUS x11637
or
Media:
Rachael Rowland, 1.800.MAXIMUS x11688