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The 2022 Dennis Marion Impact Award nomination period is now open! This award recognizes local and state government employees whose initiatives, processes, and projects have led to significant improvements in Pennsylvania’s behavioral health service delivery system. You can find more information regarding the award at the Department of Human Services’ website, and the nomination form is available herePlease disregard this reminder if you have already nominated a candidate for the award.

The nomination period is from December 21, 2021, to February 11, 2022. Completed nominations must be submitted electronically by 5:00 pm EST on February 11, 2022. No nominations will be accepted after the nomination period. Please note that individuals may not self-nominate.

The award will be presented at Pennsylvania’s May 2022 Mental Health Awareness Month event in Harrisburg, PA. Questions regarding this award may be directed to Cindy Gebhard, Executive Secretary of OMHSAS.

Please join Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) Deputy Secretary Dennis Marion on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at 1:00 pm for a webinar regarding Value-Based Purchasing (VBP). As Pennsylvania is moving toward VBP in the behavioral health Medicaid programs, input from stakeholders is critical. This webinar will be an opportunity for OMHSAS to provide background information and gather input on this change. Please follow this link to register for the webinar. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with connection information.

On November 23, the leadership of the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS), including Deputy Secretary Dennis Marion and Medical Director Dr. Dale Adair, provided a webcast presentation on the development of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The webcast to more than 130 RCPA members reviewed the current concepts and recommendations developed by a clinical work group, assisting OMHSAS in the development of ABA medical necessity guidelines, clarifying the authorization pathway for Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services for children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

RCPA Input Session for Medical Necessity Guidelines for BHRS including Applied Behavioral Analysis

In August 2015, OMHSAS convened a small, time-limited clinical work group to assist in the development of new Medical Necessity Guidelines (MNG) for children and adolescents with ASD. The guidelines are specific to Applied Behavioral Analysis within the home and community based services level of care. The work group is seeking stakeholder feedback on preliminary MNG content prior to issuing recommendations to OMHSAS.

OMHSAS will present an update with Dennis Marion via webcast on Monday, November 23, 2015 from 9:30 – 10:30 am. OMHSAS Deputy Secretary Marion will provide RCPA members with updates from OMHSAS;