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Behavioral Health Transition to Managed Care

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Behavioral Health Transition Timeline

The NYS Behavioral Health (BH) Transition Team for Medicaid, comprised of leads from OASAS, OMH, and DOH, is updating the target dates for implementing the transition of BH services.

NYS Request for Qualification Package

NYS released the Request for Qualification regarding "Behavioral Health Administration: Managed Care Organizations and Health and Recovery Plans". Applications for Managed Care Organizations serving New York City are due by June 6, 2014. RFQ applications for Managed Care Organizations serving the rest of the state will be due approximately six months later.

A non-mandatory Applicant's Conference for New York City applicants and other interested parties is scheduled for 5/2/14 2:00-4:00 at OASAS offices (501 7th Avenue (8th floor) New York, NY). To register, please contact Liz Vose ( by April 23, 2014.

This RFQ package includes the following four items that accompany the RFQ cover letter:

Behavioral Health Transition RFI/RFQ Webinar

A webinar was held by the NYS Department of Health (DOH), Office of Mental Health (OMH), and Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS): "RFI/RFQ for Managed Care Behavioral Health Services and HARP".

This presentation focused on the newly released Request for Information/ DRAFT Request for Qualification (RFI/RFQ) to NYS Medicaid Managed Care Plans. Plans will be submitting applications to New York State demonstrating that they have the organizational capacity to ensure the delivery of quality behavioral health care, managed by Health Plans, Health Plans in partnership with Behavioral Health Organizations, and/or Health and Recovery Plans (HARPs) These applications will be reviewed against new behavioral health specific administrative, clinical, program, and fiscal standards. The RFI is designed to solicit input concerning New York's draft proposal to manage behavioral health services.

The webinar took place on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM. Below you will find the slides presented in the webinar.

If you have any comments, please submit them to by January 17, 2014.

Behavioral Health 1115 Waiver Amendment

The three documents below were sent to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on December 30, 2013. The cover letter to CMS describes how the Behavioral Health 1115 Waiver Amendment allows NYS to provide behavioral health services to individuals with significant mental health and substance use disorder treatment needs under our Partnership Plan.

The 34 page BH waiver amendment describes how NYS will manage the formerly carved out State Plan BH services under Medicaid Mainstream Managed Care Plans and Behavioral Health Organizations and/or through new managed care lines of business called Health And Recovery Plans (HARPs). Attachment C in the waiver amendment describes new 1915i home and community based services that will be managed by the HARPs. The third document is in question and answer format, and is in response to preliminary questions from CMS.