Act Now: DBHDS Announces May 15 Deadline for Licensing Requirements

Optima Health wants to ensure you are aware of the licensure requirements recently announced by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) and the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS). Act now to meet the May 15, 2021 deadline related to Behavioral Health Enhancement (BHE) and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Levels of Care service modifications.

Service Modifications for the ASAM Level of Care

Effective April 12, 2021, the Office of Licensing will begin to prioritize and process service modifications for current providers of substance use disorders services who will need to be relicensed based on the ASAM Level of Care. Providers are encouraged to submit their service modification and requested information to the Office of Licensing at licensingadminsupport@dbhds.virginia.gov as soon as possible, but no later than May 15, 2021, to ensure the new service license(s) will be effective by July 1, 2021.

Providers who do not have this conditional license issued by July 1, 2021 will not meet the DMAS requirements for reimbursement through the Addiction and Recovery Treatment Services (ARTS) benefit.

Service Modifications for ACT, MH-PHP, and MH-IOP

The Office of Licensing will also begin to prioritize specialized service modifications applications for small, medium and large size Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams on April 12, 2021 in anticipation of a licensure "Go-Live" date of July 1, 2021. To support a quick and seamless transition for providers who are currently licensed to provide PACT or ICT services, the Office of Licensing has established an expedited review process and has developed a specialized service modification form.

Providers are encouraged to submit their service modification and requested information to the Office of Licensing at licensingadminsupport@dbhds.virginia.gov as soon as possible, but no later than May 15, 2021, to ensure the new service license(s) will be effective by July 1, 2021.

Providers who do not have this conditional license issued by June 30, 2021 will not meet the DMAS requirements for reimbursement for these three services effective July 1, 2021. These conditional licenses are a requirement for Medicaid reimbursement.

Learn More and Submit Your Request

The information above is taken from a DBHDS memo, dated April 5, 2021 (see "BHE & ASAM Service Modification Memo" under Announcements). Please read the memo in its entirety to ensure you understand the requirements and to find additional contact information. Click on the "Learn More" button below for a copy of the memo, forms and other materials, available on the Office of Licensing’s website.

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