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Proposed Action for the Incorporation of Institutions for Mental Diseases and Opioid Treatment Program Clinics in the Coordinated Care Benefit

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) gives notice regarding the inclusion of benefits for inpatient psychiatric care for children delivered in institutions for mental diseases (IMDs) and for services provided in opioid treatment program (OTP) clinics to capitated managed care, pursuant to the State Plan under Title XIX of the Social Security Act Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid).

Effective for service dates on and after July 1, 2019, the SCDHHS proposes to amend the South Carolina Medicaid State Plan to include benefits for inpatient psychiatric care for children delivered in IMDs and for services provided in OTP clinics to the coordinated care benefit provided by South Carolina’s contracted Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs).

In addition to modifications to services included in the coordinated care benefit, SCDHHS is also proposing to modify the state’s notification process, as described in Section 3.1 F.

SCDHHS projects that, based upon the proposed actions, annual aggregate Medicaid expenditures will not change, because these services are currently provided through the fee-for-service (FFS) benefit.

Copies of this notice are available at each SCDHHS Healthy Connections Medicaid county office and at for public review. Additional information regarding this action is available upon request at the address cited below.

Written comments may be sent to SCDHHS, Division of Behavioral Health, Post Office Box 8206, Columbia, South Carolina 29202-8206. Comments may also be submitted to Written and emailed comments must be received by 5 p.m. June 27, 2019.

Any written comments submitted may be reviewed by the public at the SCDHHS, Division of Behavioral Health, Jefferson Square Building, 1801 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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