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Important Substance Use Disorder Treatment Information

With Kentucky's commitment to combatting opioid, alcohol, and other substance dependencies in mind, the Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) is implementing a new standard of care for substance use treatment. These new standards will expand coverage and increase access to care for Kentuckians seeking recovery from Substance Use Disorder (SUD).

Key Dates:

JUNE 17th, 2019: Provider Webinar from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET (SIGN UP by clicking here)

JUNE 20th, 2019: Maintainence and Registration begins (REQUIRED for current BHSO Providers)

JULY 1st, 2019:  SUD changes are ANTICIPATED to start

What's changing with the new SUD guidelines?

  • Providers should follow guidelines for SUD treatment services outlined in "The ASAM Criteria"

  • Residential SUD treatment providers will obtain the ASAM/CARF certification or a DMS on site visit certificaiton

What do these changes mean for providers?

  • Behavioral Health Service Organizations (BHSO) will be self-registered into one or more applicable tiers:

    • Tier I- Mental Health

    • Tier II- Outpatient SUD

    • Tier III- Inpatient SUD

  • Methadone for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) will be a covered service in a Narcotic Treatment Program (NTP) under Medicaid

What do these changes mean for beneficiaries?

  • Many who could not afford treatment  may now have access to the care they need

  • Access to quality residential care for Kentuckians looking for care

Kentuckians can find access to treatment in their communities on Find Help Now Kentucky or by calling 1-833-8KY-HELP.


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