State Agency News

2019 State Agency News


April 3 - Criminal History Record Check Extension
The enacted State Budget extends the deadline by which temporary and prospective employees must receive a Criminal History Record Check clearance in order to provide direct care without being under direct supervision by three months to July 1, 2019. Upon signing, the law will be deemed effective April 1, 2019. While the bill awaits signature, the New York State Department of Health is suspending enforcement of the current April 1, 2019 deadline.

Specifically, this applies to those employees providing:

  • Health Home Care Management to enrollees less than 21 years of age;
  • Health Home Care Management to enrollees with a developmental disability as defined under section 1.03 (22) of the Mental Hygiene Law; and
  • Home and Community Based Services to those less than 21 years of age under the 1915c Children’s Waiver Amendment.

March 13 – Background Checks FAQ
The DOH has issued a Background Check FAQ as follow up to the CHRC Onboarding and Submission Process.

February 20 - Medicaid Update – Special Edition Telehealth
The Office of Health Insurance Programs of the New York State Department of Health has approved the release of a Special Edition Medicaid Update focusing on Telehealth.

February 15 – OASAS developed a Person-Centered Care Guidance Document with the input of providers who advise on several OASAS committees and we vetted and revised the document based on feedback from provider forums over held in the fall of 2018.  We are pleased with the feedback that we have received and happy to release this document.  Providers have also requested support and training to operationalize the principles of person centered care.  OASAS is releasing training from the Center on Addictions, sponsored by the Managed Care Technical Assistance Center that can be found here.

Throughout the year, OASAS will work with providers, provider associations, the Center and others to continue to develop training opportunities.   Please send any questions to the PICM Mailbox at

February 1 – The DOH has released the February 2019 issue of the Children’s Medicaid Health and Behavioral Health System Transformation Update.

January 31 – The Office of Health Insurance Programs of the New York State Department of Health has approved the release of the January 2019 Medicaid Update.

January 28 – OMH Guidance on OMH Licensed Clinic and Other Licensed Practitioner Services
OMH has issued guidance regarding the provision of Children and Family Treatment and Support Services (CFTSS), particularly Other Licensed Practitioner (OLP), for children who are receiving treatment services from an OMH licensed clinic.

The document is intended to provide guidance on when it may be appropriate to receive OLP and clinic services concurrently, and how the other rehabilitative services, Community Psychiatric Supports and Treatment (CPST) and Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR), may also help to support children while in clinic treatment.

If you have any questions regarding this guidance, feel free to contact OMH at

January 28 – CFTSS: Access/Referral Information
he state has provided links to the CFTSS brochure that can be printed/accessed by any referral access point. Also the link to the Home page for Children’s BH page is included.

The Home Page includes the following tabs:

  • Home
  • Children’s Medicaid System Transformation-Webinars/Trainings/Timelines
  • Children and Family Treatment and Support Services
  • 1915© Children’s Waiver and 1115 waiver
  • Provider Designation
  • Managed care organization (MCO) Qualification Process
  • Billing Guidance
  • Information for Consumers/Medicaid Recipients
  • Children’s Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT)
  • Voluntary Foster Care Agency Transition
  • Children’s Health Homes
  • Links/Learn More

The list of Providers Designated is also available.

January 14 - New Justice Center Guidance Available on the Web
After feedback from providers and the workforce, the Justice Center has modified the written guidance for mandated reporting requirements concerning vehicle and traffic incidents.  Examples of incidents occurring in vehicles are provided and an explanation of why the incident is or is not reportable to the Justice Center is included.  Please let your communities know about this new resource on the Justice Center website. The link to the document is

January 10 – Updated Children and Family Treatment and Support Services (CFTSS) Manual
New York State (NYS) last issued the CFTSS Manual on June 20, 2018. At that time, we requested stakeholder feedback on the newly added “Standards of Care” in the appendix of the document. After receiving comments, we have integrated the edits to the manual and are reissuing an update version.   The updated version can be accessed at the following link:

January 7Guidance on Background Checks Requirements for current 1915c transitioning Home and Community Based Service (HCBS) providers that serve enrollees under age 21 is available hereRequirements need to be in place by April 1, 2019. Please reach out to with any questions you may have.




2018 State Agency News – to see items of interest from the State agencies in 2018, click here.

2017 State Agency News – to see items of interest from the State agencies in 2017, click here.

2016 State Agency News – to see items of interest from the State agencies in 2016, click here.