Deadline for the Provider Designation Application for Children’s SPA/HCBS Services Has Been Extended

The New York State (NYS) agencies including the Office of Mental Health (OMH), Department of Health (DOH), Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), and Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) have released an update on the Children’s State Plan (SPA) / Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Provider Designation application.

The anticipated timeline for full implementation of the Children’s Medicaid Redesign runs through January 2019. This includes Voluntary Foster Care Agency transition in January 2019, which is dependent upon the timeframes for acquiring necessary federal approvals for the two submitted SPAs and the pending submission of the 1115 Waiver. According to the Managed Care Technical Assistance Center of New York (MCTAC), the anticipated dates will be modified accordingly based on the timing of approvals and the review of incoming Federal Administration priorities and processes. 

Given the uncertain timeframes, the State has lifted the April 1 deadline for applications, and a new due date will be announced when there is clarity on the federal approval timing. Stay tuned for updates on the implementation timeline for Children’s Medicaid Redesign.

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