Presentation on theme: "Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Alcohol & Drug Abuse Administration Mental Hygiene Administration March 16, 2012 Behavioral Health Regulations: Workgroup."— Presentation transcript:
Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Alcohol & Drug Abuse Administration Mental Hygiene Administration March 16, 2012 Behavioral Health Regulations: Workgroup Report
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.
Guiding Principles Address both system & service integration Promote administrative simplicity Facilitate & support use of evidence-based interventions Promote person-centered approach
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
New Approach Transition from reliance on State regulations to recognition of accreditation by nationally accrediting entity.
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.
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
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
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
WHEN will transition occur? July 2012: Final Workgroup Recommendations January 2013: Legislation introduced July 2013: Legislation implemented July 2015: Compliance with legislation required
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.
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:
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.