Monday, August 31, 2009

Rules in the August 28 DC Register

The following emergency, proposed and final rules were published in the August 28, 2009 DC Register:
  • Final rules issued for Medicaid MHRS (see page 6991):   The Department of Health Care Finance published final rules to amend Title 29 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR), entitled "Medicaid Reimbursement For Mental Health Rehabilitative Services (MHRS)."   The purpose of these final rules is to (1) set forth the appropriate billing code for the MHRS service and reimbursement rate for Counseling (Individual Off-Site); and (2) increase the rate for CBI Level I (Multi-systemic therapy) services.   No comments were made to the emergency and proposed rules published in the DCR on July 10, 2009 and DHCF made no substantive changes to the emergency and proposed rules.   The rules are effective on the date of publication of this notice in the DC Register.
  • Inclusionary Zoning emergency rules published (see page 7120):   The Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development issued emergency rules on August 28 to amend the final rules dated May 19, 2009.   The changes were made to incorporate administrative comments determined to be necessary to fully implement the Inclusionary Zoning Program.   The emergency rules were effective August 14, 2009 and will be in effect for 120 days unless final rules substantially similar to the emergency ones are published before the expiration.   The Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development plans to adopt the emergency and proposed rules as final and will take action after 30 days of the August 28, 2009 publication.
  • DHS issues emergency rules for supportive housing (see page 7152):   The Department of Human Services (DHS) issued emergency and proposed rules in the August 28, 2009 DC Register related to the adoption of a new Chapter 25 of Title 29 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations, entitled "Shelter and Supportive Housing For Individuals and Families."   As emergency rules, the effective date was the date of publication.   Final rulemaking action will be taken within 15 days of City Council approval or the expiration of the City Council review period.

    The purpose of the new chapter is to establish rules to administer the city’s Shelter and Supportive Housing Program for individuals and families.   The rules apply to government operated and programs operated by private providers under contract or grant with the DC government.   The rules include a range of topics including eligibility criteria for shelter and supportive housing, family assessments, family case management, and provider standards.