Children's Services

The Department of Human Services (DHS) Medical Assistance Online Provider Enrollment Application information is now electronic, online, and available to provider organizations. The improvements and modernization of the PROMISe system have been strongly encouraged by RCPA and a significant goal of DHS. Some of the benefits of online enrollment application submissions are:

  • Allowing documents that previously had to be mailed or faxed to be uploaded directly to the portal;
  • Permitting providers see the status of their submissions; and
  • Decreasing wait time to review applications.

The information you will need to submit an application for enrollment:

  • Access the online enrollment application
  • Review the training guide
  • Review the frequently asked questions document for important clarifications
  • A “Help” feature is available at any time during the completion of an application
  • Supplemental Services require the Behavioral Health Managed Care Organization to attest that a provider is credentialed

CCBHCs will transform how behavioral health care is financed and reimbursed. As states and providers embark on this transformation, they face many questions, including:

  • How do we decide which prospective payment methodology to use – and what will its impact on behavioral health providers be?
  • How will we finance the state’s contribution?
  • How do state licensure and CCBHC certification requirements intersect?


Clearly understanding the unique financial opportunities and challenges associated with CCBHCs is a key ingredient to a successful implementation. This webinar will provide attendees with straightforward explanations of hot topics related to CCBHC financing and reimbursement. Our expert presenters will translate the current SAMHSA and CMS guidance to ensure all attendees are familiar with the relevant federal instructions and guidance.


The webinar will focus on the following topics:

  1. Prospective Payment Systems: explanation of the principles of PPS1 and PPS2 and overview of challenges identified in each approach, including a deep dive into the costs that go into your payment rate;
  2. Certification vs Licensure: clarification of the difference between certification and licensure and explanation of federal guidance on this point; and
  3. State Financing Strategies: description of state level financing mechanisms for their share of the Medicaid match, including the use of Certified Public Expenditures.



Date: Monday, March 28, 3:00 pm EDT

Presenters: Steve Kohler, senior manager, McBee Associates, Inc.; Steve Rosenberg, president, Community Oriented Correctional Health Services; Dan Mistak, general counsel, Community Oriented Correctional Health ServicesSusannah Vance Gopalan, partner, Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP.  Register here.

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The Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission (JCJC) and the Awards Committee of the PA Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers are pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 JCJC Awards Program. This year program categories for which your program may be eligible include:

  • Residential Program of the Year
  • Community Based Program of the Year
  • Meritorious Service Award

As in previous years, all nominations must be submitted by county juvenile probation departments. If you would like to have your program or volunteer nominated, please contact a chief juvenile probation officer to discuss the possibility of submitting a nomination. Formal nomination materials must be postmarked by Monday, May 2, 2016.

The JCJC will once again sponsor a Youth Awards Program as part of this year’s Annual Training and Awards Program, to honor the youth selected as winners. The Youth Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the Outstanding Achievement Contest and the Creative Expression Contest. The Creative Expression Contest category will include either a written, poster, or video entry in two age categories; 15 & under and 16 & over. Entry forms for this category will be available soon on the JCJC website. Please contact Keith A. Graybill at (717) 705-9006 or by email if you have any questions or need assistance.

On March 14, 2016, the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee convened a forum on the state of the knowledge relating to the causes, effects, and treatments of concussions. The forum featured input from experts representing the medical, military, athletic, and research communities with a goal of building a collaborative body of knowledge to help improve the diagnosis and treatment of concussions. Included in the opening statement by Honorable Tim Murphy, Chairman of the Subcommittee: “Today, we begin a new chapter in the national dialogue on concussions. We are not here to re-litigate past actions, point fingers or cast blame. We are here to take a step back, to gain some perspective and to begin a conversation focused on solutions, not on problems.” And most importantly, “We are also here today to make one thing clear – this is not just a sports issue or a military issue. This is a public health issue…That is why we are here today – to ensure we are on the path, though it may be long, to providing the public the answers they deserve.”

The list of participants and webcast of the forum are available on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s website.

The Department of Human Services Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) announced they will be submitting a renewal of the OBRA waiver, which expires on June 30, 2016. This announcement/public notice will be published in the February 27 Pennsylvania Bulletin, which seeks public comments.

Written comments regarding the OBRA Waiver renewal should be sent to the Department of Human Services, Office of Long-Term Living, Bureau of Policy and Regulatory Management, Attention: OBRA Renewal, PO Box 8025, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8025 or via email, using the comment forms that OLTL has provided. Please use OBRA Renewal as the subject line. The comment forms, as well as a side-by-side comparison of the current and revised language, and the renewal in its entirety (including the OBRA-specific HCBS Allowable Settings Transition Plan and the Community HealthChoices Transition Plan, which are contained in the main module), can be found on the “OLTL Waiver Amendment, Renewals and Accompanying HCBS Transition Plans” web page. The public comment period ends on Monday, March 28, 2016.

OLTL will offer two webinars for public input and discussion on March 9 and March 23, 2016. Please see the information below for further details on the scheduled webinars.

Title: OBRA Renewal
Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
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Meeting number:  644 892 538
Meeting password:  OBRA##1
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Title: OBRA Renewal
Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am
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Access code: 640 051 990
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This week the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) announced several new initiatives to reduce the use of psychotropic medication among our state’s most vulnerable children. Speaking at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, DHS Secretary Ted Dallas reported on the partnership of DHS with the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society. A state-commissioned PolicyLab study that found that in 2012 in Pennsylvania, the use of psychotropic medications was nearly three times higher among 6-18 year olds in foster care than among youth in Medicaid overall. Based on this study and the collaborative effort mentioned above, Pennsylvania has initiated the following:

  • Best practice guidelines are being developed for clinicians regarding comprehensive assessments of behavior and treatment interventions;
  • Managed care organizations will be required to give prior authorization for antipsychotic medications for children;
  • A new electronic dashboard will make it easier for DHS to monitor what medications children are taking and improve care coordination;
  • In April, DHS will open a telephonic child psychiatric consultative service to help prescribing physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners appropriately prescribe psychotropic medication for children; and
  • In July, the department will begin training child welfare caseworkers and caregivers on the appropriate use of psychotropic medication.

“The inappropriate use of these powerful medications for children in the foster care system compounds the trauma experienced by children who have been the victim of abuse and neglect and is simply unacceptable,” Dallas said, “The recommendations and analysis from PolicyLab provide Pennsylvania with an invaluable roadmap to improve the safety and quality of life for foster children served by the Medicaid system.”