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PA Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

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The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) is aware that not all providers of intensive behavioral health services (IBHS), that are required to have obtained an IBHS license by January 17, 2020, have attained an IBHS license. In order to ensure services are not disrupted, the Department will not take action against an IBHS agency, as long as the IBHS agency is working with OMHSAS to obtain their IBHS license. Agencies that have questions about obtaining a license should contact their regional field office.

Providers that participate in the medical assistance program can continue to bill for BHRS after January 17, 2020. Providers that meet the requirements for providing IBHS will be available to bill IBHS when instructions are issued for IBHS billing by OMHSAS.

View the OMHSAS IBHS Correspondence. If you have any questions, please contact RCPA Children’s Division Director Jim Sharp.

On Thursday, January 9 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, OMHSAS will be offering an in-person training regarding IBHS implementation in the CRR Host Homes. Information is below and we apologize for the short notice.

  • January 9, 2020; 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Statewide Community Residential Rehabilitation: Host Home Providers Forum
    Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania (BHARP), Auditorium – First Floor
    301 Science Park Road, State College, PA 16803

The forum is in-person only and will discuss CRR-HH providers implementation of the medical assistance treatment component through the IBHS license.

On Friday, January 10, OMHSAS will be conducting an IBHS WebEx for ABA providers regarding the implementation standards for IBHS specific to ABA services. The information is below and we apologize for the short notice.

  • January 10, 2020; 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    ABA Provider Webinar
    Please register for the webinar here. Participation is limited. Please consolidate viewing locations whenever possible to help ensure all interested parties are able to participate.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. If you believe that you have questions that will be helpful in developing upcoming trainings and FAQs, please submit them via email.

There will be additional IBHS Alerts coming out later today. If you have any questions, please contact RCPA Children’s Division Director Jim Sharp.


Please find the details below regarding the application process for the upcoming Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Certification courses. These trainings are funded through a Federal SERG Grant; funds may also be used for trainings throughout the Commonwealth.


Pennsylvania has been awarded a Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Emergency Response Grant (SERG) as a response to the tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue last fall. One component of the funding includes expansion of Mental Health First Aid across the Commonwealth. The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) will be hosting instructor certification courses to candidates interested in training in their region. Youth and Adult Certification Courses are three full days with a limit of 16 people per class.  Additional details are included below:

Adult Mental Health First Aid Instructor Course
November 18, 19, and 20, 2019
8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor Course
December 10, 11, and 12, 2019
8:30 am – 5:00 pm

BHARP – Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania
301 Science Park Road | Suite 308 | State College, PA  16803

Registration:    Interested participants should contact Brandon Bennet by October 14, 2019.


  1. MHFA instructors must submit an application that will be reviewed by the National Council for acceptance.
  2. Once admitted, participants must attend three full days of training and pass a proficiency exam.
  3. Instructors are required to train a minimum of three times per year and log their courses and evaluations on the national website to maintain their certifications.
  4. In addition, participation in this free course includes the expectation to train at least one course to a target population in their area impacted by the Tree of Life tragedy. Course materials will be offered at no cost for these trainings.

The training application is available here.

As a follow-up to the IBHS Implementation WebEx last week; RCPA wanted to provide an update and links to the documents sent out following the OMHSAS presentation. In the event you were unable to participate in the presentation, it is available on YouTube via this OMHSAS/IBHS resource page.

This website is where all OMHSAS IBHS materials will be posted going forward. In addition to the training video, RCPA is providing the links below to those documents that were reviewed during the training. Included in these documents are the Presentation PowerPoint, Licensing Applications, Training Schedules, EBT Lists, and the Service Description checklist, among other information. Please review all documents to ensure you are fully informed prior to your IBHS Regional Summit.

Please see the links below to the documents:

  1. IBHS Trainings-External 10-4-19 FINAL (FRIDAY’S WEBEX PRESENTATION)
  2. IBHS Initial Provider Outreach letter
  3. IBHS SD Checklist 7-19
  4. HS 633 electronic
  5. License Application Instructions – 9-2019
  6. IBHS Acronyms
  7. BH-MCO IBHS Contact and Counties Served
  8. Statewide County Administrators List
  9. Enrollment Handout
  10. Waiver Bulletin 2016
  11. OMHSAS IBHS Contact List
  12. Additional Regional Training Dates Flyer
  13. IBHS Approved EBT List 091719
  • Any regulatory questions should be sent to the IBHS resource account for clarification.
  • For all licensing questions, please use the OMHSAS IBHS Contact List of regional field offices and direct your questions to those appropriate regional staff.

If you have any further questions or feedback, please contact the RCPA Children’s Division Director Jim Sharp.

OMHSAS has added additional sessions to accommodate registration requests. Please see below and make sure you register with the DHS staff noted for your region. The intent of these forums is to have a discussion regarding the information presented during the October 4 statewide WebEx and to gather outstanding questions.


Thursday, Oct 10, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Westmoreland Case Management and Supports
770 E. Pittsburgh St, Greensburg, PA


Friday, Oct 11, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
George Junior Republic
233 George Junior Road, Grove City, PA 16127
Please register by contacting Phyllis Knott via email or 412-880-0488

Wednesday, Oct 16, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Keystone Building, Hearing Room 1
400 North St, Harrisburg, PA 17102
Please register by contacting Angela Douglas via email or 717.346.5943

Monday, October 21, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm


Monday, October 21, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Norristown State Hospital Building 33 in the Multi-Purpose Room
1001 Sterigere St, Norristown, PA 19401
Please register by contacting Julie Croce via email or 610-313-5844

Tuesday, October 22 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
John Heinz Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine
150 Mundy Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA  18702


Thursday, November 14, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sacred Heart Hospital Auditorium
421 Chew Street, Allentown, PA 18102
Please register by contacting Leigh Ann Ksiazek via email or 570-963-4944

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Join RCPA in supporting National Recovery Month in September. Immediately following the kick-off event, RCPA will be holding their Drug & Alcohol Division meeting on September 4, 2019 at 1:00 pm at the RCPA office, 777 E Park Drive, Harrisburg, PA. Please register to attend our meeting which will feature guest speakers from the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Please forward any agenda items to Tina Miletic for review and discussion. We look forward to your participation.

Natl Recovery Month Kickoff 2019

ISSUE DATE: July 30, 2019

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2019

SCOPE: This bulletin applies to all behavioral health providers licensed or approved by the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) or the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) that are enrolled in the Medical Assistance (MA) program, or who seek to enroll, revalidate, or re-activate their enrollment.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this bulletin is to:

  • Clarify for behavioral health providers the applicability of the requirements published in the Medical Assistance Bulletin (MAB) 99-18-11, “Service Location Enrollment Deadline,” which reminded providers to enroll each service location out of which they operate; and
  • Advise behavioral health providers that effective October 1, 2019, they must use the enrolled service location at which a service was provided on claims.

The following link will provide access to the bulletin: OMHSAS 19-02 – Service Location Enrollment for BH Providers.

Additionally, we have been advised by OMHSAS that as providers continue to enroll service locations, providers can utilize their main physical site address for billing pending site enrollment in PROMISe. If you have any questions, please contact RCPA Mental Health Division Director Sarah Eyster or RCPA Children’s Division Director Jim Sharp.

(Message on behalf of Acting Deputy Secretary Valerie Vicari)

I am pleased to announce the addition of two new staff members to the OMHSAS team.

Jamey Welty has been appointed as the new director for the Bureau of Policy, Planning & Program Development.  Many of you are familiar with Jamey as he was previously the director of the Bureau of Quality Management & Data Review and was with OMHSAS for seven years in other capacities.  Jamey brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in operations and quality management of behavioral health, juvenile justice, and children’s services and has been an instrumental leader in the successful implementation of departmental initiatives throughout his 23-year career with the Department.  Jamey most recently served as Director of the Bureau of Policy, Programs and Operations within the Office of Children, Youth and Families.

Joshua Haubert joins us as the Executive Secretary, and is located in the Deputy’s Suite.  Josh most recently worked for the Department’s Office of General Counsel where he served as a Legal Assistant 1 to Chief Counsel Doris Leisch and Deputy Chief Counsel Sallie Rodgers. Prior to Josh’s time as a Legal Assistant 1, he served as Clerk Typist 3 in the Office of Medial Assistance Programs (OMAP), filling in as Executive Secretary to current OMAP Deputy Secretary Sally Kozak and OMAP Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Kelley. Josh joins the OMHSAS team with over three years of experience working for the Department where he got his start as a Temporary Clerk Typist in the Office of Children, Youth, and Families Childline Division. Josh enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, and marksmanship. He is also well versed with computers and technology.

Please join me in welcoming both Jamey and Josh to OMHSAS!