Virginia’s Department of Medical Assistance has released a draft of regulations for Medicaid-billable peer support for  mental health and/or substance use disorders.

The distribution was dated Friday, February 10th at noon (see below) and there was a week for advocacy partners to review and give feedback.  You can download the draft Virginia Mental Health Peer Support regulations here and another the ARTS benefit regulations here.

VOCAL held two calls for members to review these regulations and provide feedback back to DMAS. Our combined response can be viewed here.  

Original email from DMAS:

“Dear Stakeholders,

DMAS is developing draft regulation for Peer Support Services, which is still slated for a 7/1/2017 implementation date. We are seeking stakeholder review and input during the development process. Please review the attached drafts and provide your input/comments to me by COB 2/17/2017. Feel free to review using track changes.

We are very grateful for your input!

In an effort to assist you as you review these documents:

1. the first attachment is a draft for Peer Supports Services Definitions and Peer Supports Program Descriptions and ARTS-Related Peer Support Services which will be available to adults with substance use disorder or co-occurring mental health disorder and also to the families/caregiver of youth with substance use disorder or co-occurring mental health disorder.

2. the second attachment is a draft for the Mental Health Peer Support Services, available to adults with a mental health disorder and also to the families/caregiver of youth with a mental health disorder. You will find the new draft language for youth and their families in orange under 12VAC30-50-130 and the new draft language for adults in orange under 12VAC30-50-226.

Please note: Reimbursement for Peer Support services will be allowable whether or not the individual is receiving another service.

Thank you!”

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