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Informational Memo 2010-05 Revised

LOCATION CHANGE AND VIDEOCONFERENCING CAPABILITY ADDED

Invitation to Wisconsin Counties and Tribes to a meeting to discuss changes to 1915(i) CRS stemming from the The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010

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State of Wisconsin
Department of Health Services
Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Date: May 18th, 2010
DMHSAS Information Memo 2010-05

Index Title: Invitation to Wisconsin Counties and Tribes to a meeting to discuss changes to 1915(i) CRS stemming from the PPACA of 2010

To: DMHSAS Listserv

For:
Area Administrators / Human Service Area Coordinators
Bureau Directors/Section Chiefs
County Departments of Community Programs Directors
County Departments of Developmental Disabilities Services Directors
County Departments of Human Services Directors
County Departments of Social Services Directors
County Mental Health Coordinators
Tribal Chairpersons / Human Services Facilitators

From:
John Easterday Ph.D., Administrator
Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Subject:

Invitation to Wisconsin Counties and Tribes to a Meeting to Discuss Changes To 1915(i), Community Recovery Services, stemming from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA).

Document Summary

This document serves as an invitation to Wisconsin Counties and Tribes to meet with Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (DMHSAS) leadership and staff on May 25th, 2010 in Madison to discuss the implications to the 1915(i) Community Recovery Services Medicaid state plan benefit as a result of the recently passed federal PPACA. This Numbered Memo further serves to reiterate the Division’s earlier email communication regarding this meeting that was sent specifically to Wisconsin’s Counties and Tribes.

Background

The Department has learned that there are two major provisions in the PPACA that impact Wisconsin’s 1915(i) services. The first is the elimination of the option to limit the number of eligible individuals. States will no longer be able to establish wait lists. States continue to have the ability to change functional eligibility criteria and control the numbers of people who are eligible for a discrete and distinct number of services. The second change is the elimination of the option to waive state-wideness. Originally, a state could designate certain geographic areas as participating. Now, as with other Medicaid programs, 1915(i) services must be offered on a state-wide basis. There is an additional provision that allows states to offer services to a specific targeted population. This provision has a five year phase-in period that Wisconsin might be able to use.

Wisconsin’s 1915(i) State Plan Amendment, when approved, is effective January 15, 2010 under the old rules. Changes stemming from the PPACA become effective on October 1, 2010, and Wisconsin’s State Plan will need to be revised later this year to comply with those changes.

All Wisconsin Counties and Tribes Meeting Planned

The Department is inviting all Wisconsin counties and tribes to attend a special meeting to determine the strategic direction of the 1915(i) Community Recovery Services State Plan Benefit. This meeting is not limited to those counties who have indicated that they will be providing 1915(i) services. We are seeking a broader discussion and creative ideas. The meeting details are as follows:

Date: May 25, 2010
Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

NEW Location:

Department of Health Services
1 West Wilson Street, Room 751
Madison, WI 53703

Directions to 1 West Wilson Street

Videoconferencing Now Available

In order to enable greater participation at this meeting by Wisconsin's counties and tribes, the Department has arranged for access via videoconferencing (VC). Our current system limits us to 40 simultaneous connections.

If your county or tribe would like to participate via VC, please forward the following link to your information technology staff to make the necessary arrangements:

https://doa.wi.gov/dhssurveys/TakeSurvey.aspx?PageNumber=1&SurveyID=3277

Given the importance of the 1915(i) Community Recovery Services Medicaid State Plan Benefit to Wisconsin’s mental health and substance abuse consumers, I sincerely hope that you or a representative of your county or tribe will plan to attend.

Please contact Michael B. Jones, DMHSAS CRS Coordinator by May 24th to confirm your attendance.
(See the Central Office Contact heading below)

For additional information and questions regarding this memo:

Regional Office Contact:

Area Administrators

Central Office Contact:

Michael B. Jones
Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
P.O. Box 7851
Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7851

Telephone: (608) 267-9864
Fax: (608) 267-7793
Email: michaelb.jones@wisconsin.gov

Attachments:

Attachment 1: Relevant Sections of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010 (PDF, 54KB)

The full text of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on GPO.GOV (PDF, Exit DHS)

Memo Websites:

DMHSAS Information Memo Series: 2010 index page.

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Last Revised: September 13, 2010