Nevada County Behavioral Health submits plan to increase treatment for substance use
The federal government has agreed to pay California counties for increased drug and alcohol treatment services.
In order for Nevada County to benefit from this expansion in services, the county needed to submit a Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System Implementation Plan to the state and federal government stating how it will increase the quantity and quality of local substance use treatment.
The Nevada County Behavioral Health Department submitted its plan to the California Department of Health Care Services on Sept. 17. The plan provides a continuum of care modeled after the American Society of Addiction Medicine criteria for substance use disorder treatment services.
It enables more local control over the substance use treatment services that are available in the community and increases the accountability of all providers. Submitting the implementation plan to the California Department of Health Care Services is the first step for Nevada County to begin the process of opting into the plan. This will be followed by submitting a fiscal plan.
The implementation plan has to be approved by the Department of Health Care Services and federal government centers for Medicare and Medicaid services. With the implementation of the plan, the Behavioral Health Department reports it will be able to offer more robust services; clients will be assessed for their level of care need using the American Society of Addiction Medicine criteria and placed into treatment accordingly.
Opting in to the plan is voluntary. The Nevada County Behavioral Health Department reports it is excited to now have accomplished the first step in reaching the goal of providing services for the plan.
Source: Nevada County
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