CHA News Article

DHCS to Conduct Behavioral Health Service Plan Stakeholder Meeting

On Aug. 19, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will conduct a stakeholder meeting to review its draft Behavioral Health Service Plan. DHCS consultants — the Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc. and the Human Services Research Institute — will discuss the plan and answer questions. DHCS will also provide an update on implementation planning and will welcome stakeholder feedback.

DHCS is required by the section 1115 “Bridge to Reform” Waiver Special Terms and Conditions to submit the service plan to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In the service plan, DHCS must describe California’s recommendations for serving the Medi-Cal expansion population and demonstrate the state’s readiness to meet its mental health and substance use disorder needs.

To attend the meeting in person:
1500 Capitol Avenue (East End Complex Auditorium), Sacramento

To participate by phone:
Call-in conference line:  (888) 324-7107
Participant passcode:  3029011

The August meeting will be followed by a meeting on Sept. 4 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. (PT), which will be stakeholders’ final opportunity to provide input before DHCS finalizes the document for submission to CMS.

Meeting materials and the 1115 Waiver Behavioral Health Services Needs Assessment and Service Plan are available at the DHCS website.