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Planning for Summer Therapeutic Activity Programs
February 11, 2009

The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) has asked PCPA to remind  providers of Summer Therapeutic Activity Programs (STAP) of the notification responsibilities described in Medical Assistance Bulletin 08-04-07, Revision to the Summer Therapeutic Activities Program Annual Service Description Submission Requirement.

  • Providers enrolled in a Behavioral Health Managed Care Organization (BH-MCO) delivery system should contact the appropriate BH-MCO regarding their authorization procedures.
  • Providers who have no change to the most recently submitted and approved STAP service description do not need to submit any information to OMHSAS.
  • Providers who do have changes to the most recently submitted and approved STAP service description should submit those changes to the Children’s Bureau.  Please contact the Bureau of Children’s Behavioral Health Services at 717-425-5703 for assistance.
  • Changes must be submitted to the Children’s Bureau for review and approval at least 45 days prior to the opening of the program or before services are provided.
  • Any review of the STAP will be based on the most recently approved service description on file.

In addition, consistent with the required Service Description Format, any changes to an approved service description must document county support for the proposed changes.  Providers are also reminded that for Fee-for-Service clients, STAP must be prior authorized using the Administrative Waiver Process unless the program bills directly from the fee schedule. Questions regarding the prior authorization process may be directed to the Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services Section, Division of Quality Management and Utilization Review at 717-772-7617. PROMISe procedure codes for STAP will be active June 1 – September 1.  Any billing for STAP outside these dates of service will automatically reject. Questions regarding STAP may be set by email to OMHSAS-ProviderFiles@state.pa.us.

PCPA is also working with the Medical Assistance Transportation Program (MATP) to develop guidelines for MATP and STAP service providers.

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