​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2021 Behavioral Health Information Notices

​Subject​ ​Date
​Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) Requirements for the Period of 2022 – 2026​
CalAIM Behavioral Health Quality Improvement Program (BHQIP)
Criteria for beneficiary access to Specialty Mental Health Services (SMHS), medical necessity and other coverage requirements​
​County of Responsibility for Specialty Mental Health Services (SMHS)and Arbitration Between Mental Health Plans (MHPs)
​Medical Necessity Determination and Level of Care Determination Requirements for Drug ​Medi-Cal (DMC) Treatment Program Services
​Temporary COVID-19 Emergency Increased Administrative Day Rate for Fee-For-Service/Medi-Cal Hospitals for Fiscal Year 2020-21​
​Drug Medi-Cal (DMC) Cost Settlements for Fiscal Years (FY) 2014-15 and 2015-16 
​Supplemental Claims for County Administrative and Quality Assurance & Utilization Review (QA/UR) Costs under the Specialty Mental Health Services (SMHS) and Drug Medi-Cal (DMC) programs
Supersedes BHIN 21-010. Fiscal Year 2020-21 Cost Report Policy 
​Clarification Regarding the Submissions of Drug Medi-Cal Narcotic Treatment Program (NTP) Cost Reports
​Medicare Opioid Treatment Coverage for Dually Eligible Beneficiaries
​Regional Average Rates For Non-Contract Psychiatric Inpatient Hospitals For Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-22
​Drug Medi-Cal (DMC) Postservice Postpayment (PSPP) Utilization Review, Disallowed Service Billing Lines, and Recoupment Policy 

​Claiming for Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) Qualified Individual (QI) and Aftercare Costs in Short Doyle Medi-Cal (SDMC)
​FFPSA Part IV Aftercare Requirements 

​Assessments by a Qualified Individual (QI) for placements in Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Programs (STRTPs) under the Requirements of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) and Assem​bly Bill (AB) 153 (Chapter 86, Statutes of 2021)
21-059Allocation of Funding for Substance Use Disorder Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Services, State Fiscal Year 2021-22 Governor’s Approved Budget, v2.0 ​9/22/2021

​Claiming for Intensive Care Coordination (ICC), Intensive Home Based Services (IHBS), and Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) Services

Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Allocation and Methodology for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-22

​Ongoing Compliance Monitoring Activities

​Family First Prevention Services Act Implementation in California
​Clarification of Mental Health Plan (MHP) responsibility for treatment of beneficiaries with mental health conditions after COVID-19 infection​

​Supersedes BHIN 20-061​ Annual Review Protocol for Specialty Mental Health Services (SMHS) and Other Funded Services for Fiscal Year 2021-2022
Reimbursement of Specialty Mental Health and Drug Medi-Cal Administrative Costs Effective July 1 2021​​
​Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) 2022 Annual Program Review
​FY 21-22 SPA and MAT Rates
​Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC- ODS) Treatment Perception Survey (TPS)
​Telehealth guidance for specialty mental health services and substance use disorder treatment services in Medi-Cal

​Updated guidance for behavioral health programs regarding COVID-19 public health emergency flexibilities ​

Supersedes BHIN 20-009​ ​Updated guidance for behavioral health programs regarding COVID-19 public health emergency flexibilities


Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) Peer Support Services Implementation Fiscal Plan Guide

​Behavioral Health Quality Improvement Program (BH-QIP) Start-Up Funds

Updated 8/6/2021: Requirements for COVID-19 Vaccination Verification, Testing and Masking for Behavioral Health Facility Workers

21-042Mental Health Services Act Revenue and Expenditure Report for Fiscal Year 2020-21 ​7/26/2021
​Medi-Cal Peer Support Specialist Certification Program Implementation

Extended MHSA-related COVID-19 Flexibilities


Application for Certification of Social Rehabilitation Program Services DHCS 1734 and Application for Change in Certified Social Rehabilitation Program DHCS 1732


​Reimbursement for Intensive Services for Foster Youth Returned from an Out of State Placement


Application for Renewal of Special Treatment Program Approval DHCS 1731


Special Treatment Program Form 1733 Submission Requirements

Supersedes MHSUDS IN 15-015
Dispute Resolution Process Between Mental Health Plans and Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans 

Statewide Excessive Heat Alert ​7/7/2021
​County of Responsibility and Reimbursement for Drug Medi-Cal (DMC) and Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery Systems (DMC-ODS) 
Social Rehabilitation Programs Notification of Change in Program Director
​Establishing a County Contract Rate in the Short Doyle-Medi-Cal​ Claiming and Payment System for FY 2021-22
21-029 Employment of Nurse Practitioners (NPs) in Psychiatric Health Facilities (PHFs) ​6/15/2021
​21-028 Southern California Excessive Heat Alert​6/11/2021
​Cost Allocation Policy for Mental Health Plans

​Instructions for Reporting Rates Negotiated for Psychiatric Inpatient Hospitals Services Contracts for FY 2021-22
Statewide Excessive Heat Alert​5/28/2021
​Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) – Expanding Access to Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT, also known as medication-assisted treatment)​
Supersedes BHIN 20-012 & MHSUDS IN 18-011​ 
​2021 Federal Network Certification Requirements for County Mental Health Plans (MHPs) and Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery Systems (DMC-ODS)​

​Mental Health Services Act County Population

Supersedes MHSUDS IN 16-042.  ​Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System – Updated Policy on Residential Treatment Limitations​
Supersedes MHSUDS IN 17-034​​. Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System – Clarification on Recovery Services​
​Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System – Updated Policy on Medical Necessity and Level of Care
​Drug Medi-Cal (DMC) Narcotic Treatment Program (NTP) Cost Report Forms 
​New Process for Requesting a Delay Reason Code (DRC) ​
​Mental Health Consumer Perception Survey Data Collection – June 21 – 25, 2021

Allocation of Funding for Substance Use Disorder Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Services, State Fiscal Year 2021-22 Governor’s Preliminary Budget, v1.0.

Implementation of the ​Family Urgent Response System (FURS), County Mobile Response Joint Guidance from DHCS and CDSS for Current and Former Foster Children/Youth, Caregivers, and Claiming for Medi-Cal Specialty Mental Health Services
21-012​Actions Against Unlicensed Facilities Providing Treatment Services: Implementation of SB 406​3/12/2021
​County Contracts with Narcotic Treatment Programs and Cost Reimbursement
Superseded by BHIN 21-067​. Fiscal Year 2019-20 Cost Report Policy
​Tuberculosis (TB) Testing Requirement in Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Facilities during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
​Federal Out-of-Network Requirements for Mental Health Plans​
21-007 Substance Use Block Grant Funding for HIV Testing and Early Intervention Services ​1/22/2021

​Fiscal Year 2020-21 Behavioral Health Subaccount Allocations


​Non-Substantive Amendments to Title 22 Regulations Governing Psychiatric Health Facilities (PHFs)


​Adult Residential Treatment Services (ARTS) in Mental Health Rehabilitation Centers (MHRCs): Exemption from Social Rehabilitation Program Certification Requirements

​21-003 Supersedes MHSUDS IN 14-004. ​​Telehealth for assessment of 72-hour involuntary detentions (5150 and 5151 assessments): Implementation of Assembly Bill (AB) 3242​1/11/2021

​Use of SABG and MHBG Funds for Cost-Sharing Assistance for Private Health Insurance


Updated 8/20/2021: ​Level of Care Designations/Certifications for AOD Treatment Facilities (Implementation of Senate Bill 823)



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