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1 Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Alcohol & Drug Abuse Administration Mental Hygiene Administration March 16, 2012 Behavioral Health Regulations: Workgroup Report

2 Overview A workgroup was formed to examine State regulations addressing community mental health and substance use disorder programs in order to make recommendations for changes needed to support a community behavioral healthcare system.

3 Guiding Principles  Address both system & service integration  Promote administrative simplicity  Facilitate & support use of evidence-based interventions  Promote person-centered approach

4  Create integrated regulatory system for providers serving those with substance use disorders and mental illness  Align BH quality control mechanisms with those applied to somatic health  Address regulations, not financing  Eliminate duplication with other regulations: Health Occupations Boards, FDA  Achieve consistency in service delivery Objectives

5 New Approach Transition from reliance on State regulations to recognition of accreditation by nationally accrediting entity.

6 New Approach – State’s Role  Requires & monitors accrediting status of providers.  Maintains regulations for activities not covered by accreditation standards.  Assists providers with transition to accreditation.

7 Benefits of Accreditation  Providers expected to respond to one set of standards.  Providers able to apply greater focus to quality instead of compliance.  Providers will meet insurance reimbursement requirements  State resources have increased capacity to follow-up on concerns/complaints and focus on non-reimburseable service development and provision

8 WHO will be required to be accredited? Exemptions:  FQHCs  Hospital programs in regulated space  Licensed individuals in solo or group practice Applies to: All other mental health, substance use disorder & co-occurring treatment programs

9 Examples 1. Licensed individuals in solo or group MH or SA practice where non-licensed staff do not practice: no accreditation required 2. Program employs licensed and non- licensed staff: accreditation required 3. Program employs non-licensed staff: accreditation required

10 WHEN will transition occur? July 2012: Final Workgroup Recommendations January 2013: Legislation introduced July 2013: Legislation implemented July 2015: Compliance with legislation required

11 HOW will transition proceed? Further analysis by Workgroup Additional & on-going opportunities to provide feedback. Accrediting entities must be approved by State. State exploring methods to help facilitate transition for providers.

12 Integrated Regulations Workgroup Contact us: state.md.us state.md.us

13 The Joint Commission Peggy Lavin, LCSW Senior Associate Director Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program Phone: EvelynChoi, MS, MT(ASCP) Senior Accreditation Specialist Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program Phone:

14 Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) Kathy Lauerman , ext Council on Accreditation (COA) Zoë Hutchinson Manager of Client and Sponsor Relations Council on Accreditation (COA) Phone: (212) ext ext.


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