From: Danielle L. Kirby
Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery

PUBLIC NOTICE FROM HEALTHCARE AND FAMILY SERVICES

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) posted two public notices that may be applicable to behavioral healthcare organizations licensed by the Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (SUPR): 1) proposing the establishment of Behavioral Health Clinics (BHC) and 2) proposing to begin coverage for Integrated Health Home Services.

BHC are a new type of provider of community-based mental health services. Through the introduction of BHCs, the Department seeks to increase access to community-based mental health services that will be delivered under the direction of a Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts e.g., LCSW, LCPC, LCP, APN, MD. The public notice includes information about how entities may become established as a BHC, including a schedule for webinars, scheduled this week and next week. See https://www.illinois.gov/hfs/SiteCollectionDocuments/BHC_public_notice_final_6-13-18.pdf for registration and more information.

Integrated Health Home is a care management service model where all of the professionals involved in a member's care communicate with one another so that the member's medical, behavioral health and social service needs are addressed in a comprehensive manner. The coordination of a member's care is done through a dedicated care manager who oversees and coordinates access to all of the services a member requires. The public notice includes further information and contact information for questions and comments, at https://www.illinois.gov/hfs/SiteCollectionDocuments/6.14.18_IHH_Public_Notice.pdf.