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DHCS Announces Webinar on Specialty Mental Health Services Waiver
Save the date for follow-up meeting in June

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will host a webinar May 26 from 3-4:30 p.m. (PT) addressing the 1915(b) Specialty Mental Health Services (SMHS) waiver’s special terms and conditions. The waiver, approved on June 24 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) under Section 1915(b) of the Social Security Act, is effective for a five-year term from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2020, and grants DHCS authority to implement the Medi-Cal SMHS program. In the attached approval letter, CMS outlines various requirements that were a condition of the waiver approval, due to its overarching concerns about the SMHS program’s integrity and compliance.

During the webinar, DHCS will provide an overview of the special terms and conditions, as well as background information that will help stakeholders prepare for a more technical stakeholder meeting in June. DHCS will also solicit input on the waiver’s implementation. Registration for the webinar is available online.

The stakeholder meeting will take place June 6 from 12:30-4 p.m. (PT); participants may register online. More information is available on the DHCS website.