CHA News Article

DHCS Submits Behavioral Health Service Plan as Part of Bridge to Reform Demonstration

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services the required Behavioral Health Service Plan, as part of the state’s 1115 Waiver Bridge to Reform Demonstration. The demonstration’s special terms and conditions (STCs) required the state to submit the service plan by Oct. 1, describing California’s plans for providing services to the Medi-Cal expansion population and demonstrating readiness to meet the population’s mental health and substance use disorder needs. DHCS reports that stakeholder comments were invaluable in developing the final document. The final plan and more information about the process are available at the DHCS website.