Monday, October 4, 2010

Rules from September 25 DCR

First, I apologize for the delay in getting this info blogged.   Second, some important things in the hopper for children and youth, two of which are open for public comment.   Consider commenting on mental health or Medicaid rules.
  • Selling alcohol to a minor final rules:   The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration's final rules about serving to minors are, according to the notice, "substantially identical" to the rules published in January 2010.   The final rules clarify the meaning of an "egregious" first-time sale to minor violation.
  • Proposed rules regarding Medicaid clinic services and reimbursement:   The Department of Health Care Finance's (DHCF) proposed rules establish guidelines for non-hospital facilities providing outpatient treatment to folks on Medicaid.   The rules also set forth the types of and reimbursements for services and treatments for those on Medicaid.   These proposed rules are substantially different from those on the same subject published earlier in the year.   DHCF plans to take action on the proposed rules in not less than 30 days of publication.   Comments must be submitted within 30 days to the department; details about submitting them are online.
  • DMH issues proposed and emergency rules on mental health rehab service provider standards:   The Department of Mental Health (DMH)'s notice concerns amendments making changes to certification requirements for specialty providers of community based intervention (CBI) services for children and youth.   Specifically,
    The amendments establish eligibility requirements for receipt of functional family therapy (FFT) or CBI Level IV.   The amendments establish the authorization period for FFT and the required membership of the FFT team of qualified practitioners.

    DMH asserts the rules are moved on an emergency basis to optimize options for young people.   The emergency rules have been in force since September 17, 2010.   The department plans to take action on the proposed rules in not less than 30 days of publication.   Comments must be submitted within 30 days to the department; details about submitting them are online.

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