The MRCD is an interactive self-assessment tool for quickly identifying areas of potential deficiency and providing guidance and resource links to support capacity building for community agencies seeking to become a Medi-Cal billable Specialty Mental Health Service (SMHS) provider.
Provides an immediate and accurate assessment of the capacity and readiness of community agencies to perform Medi-Cal billing through Short-Doyle claiming processes
Gives users the ability to easily map the steps, track progress, and share the work across team members
How can the MRCD benefit community agencies?
Becoming an SMHS provider is a smart business step for community agencies striving to address the mental health needs of their constituents. SMHS providers can claim qualified mental health treatment services to Medi-Cal, thus creating an additional source of revenue for community agencies serving constituents with mental health needs, including Foster Family Agencies (FFAs) that are interested in providing Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) Services for children and youth in the foster care system or in out-of-home placement.
However, the journey toward becoming an SMHS provider can be a challenging one to navigate due to the magnitude of regulations and requirements. The MRCD was designed to support community agencies with:
readily understanding the scope of what it takes to become a Medi-Cal SMHS provider
quickly identifying potential areas of deficiency and steps for addressing those areas
easily accessing resources to assist and guide them toward site certification readiness.
The MRCD is a smart investment, connecting community agencies to a user-friendly tool and resources for becoming an SMHS provider to better serve their diverse constituents.
How can the MRCD benefit county behavioral health agencies?
The MRCD can also be a smart investment for county behavioral health agencies!
A county behavioral health agency’s ability to serve the mental health needs of its diverse constituency is dependent on its pool of eligible community agencies with which it can contract out services. The MRCD is a powerful tool that can also support a county behavioral health agency with meeting its goals to diversify and expand its pool of qualified SMHS providers to better meet the needs of its diverse constituents.
How is the MRCD being used?
The MRCD was developed with the support of an Innovations in Reentry Grant from Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (ACBHCS). CIBHS customized the MRCD and provided technical assistance to selected, community-based, reentry service providers as part of ACBHCS’ strategy to address an identified need for SMHS among persons reentering the community. Participating community agencies are using the MRCD to identify priorities and track progress toward certification readiness.
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