RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


OMHSAS Changes to STAP Program Standards
March 14, 2012

The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) issued a bulletin regarding the provision of Summer Therapeutic Activities Programs (STAP) effective March 1.  The OMHSAS communication stated that:

There are several purposes for this Bulletin:

  • to clarify programmatic expectations for STAPs and to provide direction to providers for developing and operating STAPs,
  • to reiterate the services that are allowable for payment by the Medical Assistance Program,
  • to update the format for STAP service descriptions, and
  • to clarify the staffing requirements and role of director/supervisor and unit director/supervisor.

PCPA has communicated questions to OMHSAS regarding programmatic, operational, review, and approval expectations reflected in this bulletin. PCPA has also heard from members who are expressing concern about the clinical thinking behind the programmatic expectations, time limitations, staffing requirements, and operational cost-benefit of providing STAP services in place of individual behavioral health rehabilitative services.  Concerns have also been raised about the limited time now available to collaborate with key stakeholders in revamping STAP services and service authorizations.

Members are encouraged to discuss concerns and consumer service planning options with local county behavioral health leaders and managed care organizations. Bulletin-specific content questions should be communicated to Courtney Coover, chief, Division of Planning, Policy and Program Development, Bureau of Children's Behavioral Health Services (ccoover@pa.gov or 717-772-7855). Dr. Stan Mrozowski, director of the bureau, will join the March 20 meeting of the Children’s Committee via web link.


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