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DHCS to Host Webinar on Recently Approved Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System Waiver Amendment
Will highlight waiver goals, key provisions and priorities

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will host a webinar Oct. 22 from 1 –  2:30 p.m. to discuss California’s recently approved Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) Waiver amendment. The webinar will assist stakeholders in understanding the critical elements of the DMC-ODS pilot program, including the core goals and objectives of the proposed approach. DHCS is scheduled to summarize the waiver’s final approved standard terms and conditions, highlighting key provisions and priorities. To register for the webinar, visit  

On Aug. 13, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved the state’s DMC-ODS waiver amendment to California’s current section 1115 demonstration project, authorizing the state to implement a new substance use disorder (SUD) benefit and delivery system. According to DHCS, the waiver gives the state flexibility to establish a continuum of care to help ensure services and treatment are delivered in the right place at the right time and in the right setting for each Medi-Cal member’s needs. Delivering services through an integrated system of treatment also helps guide and track patients’ progress. California is the first state in the nation to receive federal approval of an ODS waiver.

Initially, counties will have the choice of opting into the waiver in a phased regional approach; 53 of California’s 58 counties have indicated an interest in participating. The counties that opt in will administer the DMC-ODS waiver program locally, providing and arranging for SUD treatment for Medi-Cal beneficiaries. The DMC-ODS demonstration waiver is effective for five years. The waiver standard terms and conditions, state implementation plan, fact sheet and frequently asked questions are linked below and are also available on the DHCS website.

Approval Letter Special Terms & Conditions
Waiver Authority Noted Changes to Standard Terms & Conditions
Expenditure Authority