​​​Behavioral Health Integration Incentive Program​ Application​

Update 4/2/2020: COVID-19 Impact to Timeline

On Thursday, March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom ordered all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of essential services and operations. In light of these circumstances, DHCS is deferring the start date of the BHI program. The BHI implementation date is deferred to July 1, 2020 with BHI determination letters being issued no later than June 1, 2020. BHI program years will be adjusted to reflect the new program period which will be PY1 July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020; PY2 Ja​nuary 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021; and PY3 January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022. Additionally, PY1 funding requests will be adjusted to reflect the change in the PY 1 program period. Please refer to the following table for updates to the timeline:

Revised BHI Timeline:

Original Date​ New Date
1.    DHCS releases BHI Incentive Program Request for Applications November 12, 2019No Change
2.    DHCS conducts webinarNovember 22, 2019No Change
3.    BHI Incentive Program applications due to the MCPs​​​
January 21, 2020No Change
4.    MCPs review applications based on the standardized scoring tool  February 18, 2020

No Change
5.    DHCS provides MCPs final determination lettersMarch 18, 2020June 1, 2020
6.    BHI Incentive Program start dateApril 1, 2020July 1, 2020
7.    BHI Incentive Program operations durationApril 1, 2020 – December 31, 2022PY 1: July 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020

PY 2: January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021

PY 3: January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022


The objective of the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) Incentive Program, as authorized under Proposition 56 Value-Based Payment initiatives in Medi-Cal managed care, is to incentive improvement of physical and behavioral health outcomes, care delivery efficiency, and patient experience by establishing or expanding fully integrated care in a Medi-Cal managed health care plans (MCP) network. DHCS has collaborated with our MCPs to roll out a standard, statewide BHI Incentive Program application.

In order to apply, providers must complete and sign the below application and submit it directly to their local MCP no later than 5 p.m. PT on January 21, 2020. The MCP contact list is linked at the bottom of this page. Providers should not send the application to DHCS. Prior to completing this application, it is strongly suggested that applicants carefully review the entire applic​ation and other supporting documents that are available at this web site, and consult with their local MCP. If the provider is awarded BHI funding by the MCP, the selected MCP will be responsible for oversight and payment to the provider for meeting the BHI Incentive Program ​milestones, based on their approved application. Complete instructions are provided in the application.​​​


DHCS convened a webinar on Monday, December 21, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. Presentation is​ listed below.
convened a webinar on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 2:00​ p.m. Presentation is listed below.

DHCS convened a webinar on Friday, October 9, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Presentation and guide resources are listed below.

DHCS convened a webinar on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Presentation resources are listed below.

MCP Contact List:

The local MCP contact list can be found here: MCP Contact list

Comments or questions​ can be submitted to DHCS-BHIIPA@dhcs.ca.gov​.​​​​
Last modified date: 4/12/2021 11:59 AM