Behavioral Health News and Updates
Project BRAVO Phase II — Implementation Check-In
The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) implemented seven (7) new behavioral health services and billing codes, which became effective on December 1, 2021.
Behavioral Health Enhanced Services
Effective July 1, 2021, the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) will offer a new service, Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), to replace the current program, Intensive Community Treatment (ICT). ACT will include similar services currently offered through ICT, but now expands services to weekends and holidays.
Medical Necessity Criteria (MNC)
The Comprehensive Needs Assessment must document the need for crisis stabilization services. To qualify for this service, individuals must demonstrate a clinical necessity for the service arising from a condition due to an acute crisis of a psychiatric nature that puts the individual at risk of psychiatric hospitalization.