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Special Considerations for COVID-19 Emergency

Ohio Department of Health
Questions about COVID-19?
Visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH for answers.

Telehealth

Email Contact

  • For questions related to changes to OhioMHAS interactive videoconferencing policy as well as questions related to clinical and technical implementation of telehealth, please email COVID19BHTelehealth@mha.ohio.gov.
  • Questions about the Medicaid coverage, billing, and reimbursement under the new policy can be submitted to BH-Enroll@medicaid.ohio.gov.

Additional Resources

  • Click HERE for Health Professional and Provider Information.

Substance Use Disorder Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver

ODM and OhioMHAS held (via webinar) a Public Forum on Thursday, July 16, 2020, to receive input from any interested party regarding Ohio's Medicaid SUD 1115 Waiver.

The SUD 1115 Waiver was approved by CMS on September 24, 2019.
Approval documents from CMS and the Governor's Office news release are available below:

For more information, view the SUD 1115 webpage.


What is Ohio's Behavioral Health Redesign?

A transformative initiative aimed at rebuilding Ohio’s community behavioral health system capacity. Key proposals include adding new services for people with high intensity service and support needs and aligning the procedure codes used by Ohio’s behavioral health providers to better integrate physical and behavioral healthcare.

As of January 1, 2018, Behavioral Health Redesign is in effect.
As of July 1, 2018, Behavioral Health Services are integrated into managed care.

Behavioral Health Stakeholder Updates and Discussion Resource Materials

The Ohio Department of Medicaid and Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services sponsored stakeholder update and discussion sessions on , May 29, 2019 and July 23, 2019. The meeting provided an overview of the DeWine Administration's vision, values, and priorities and gave updates on the outcome of Ohio's Biennial Budget for SFY 2020-2021.

View the resource materials here.

BH Care Coordination

Ohio Medicaid's Behavioral Health Care Coordination program will not begin on July 1, 2019. The Ohio Departments of Medicaid and Mental Health and Addiction Services are still moving forward with care coordination for individuals with behavioral health conditions in an expedient way. We are revisiting our strategy and the program's design within the context of Governor DeWine's priorities, the RecoveryOhio initiative, and our ongoing work on behavioral health redesign.

For more information, view the BHCC webpage.