UPDATE: NYS Re-Releases Children’s SPA/HCBS Provider Designation Application

The New York State (NYS) Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), Department of Health, Office of Mental Health (OMH), Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), and Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) have announced the re-release of the Children’s State Plan (SPA) / Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Provider Designation Application.

The following information is directly from the Community Technical Assistance Center of New York (CTAC).

Beginning July 1, 2018, providers must be designated through this process to provide newly aligned Children’s SPA/HCBS services under the NYS Medicaid program (including both fee-for-service Medicaid and Medicaid Managed Care):

  • SPA: Other Licensed Practitioner, Community Psychiatric Supports and Treatment, Crisis Intervention, Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Family Peer Support Services, Youth Peer Support and Training.
  • HCBS: Caregiver Family Supports and Services, Habilitative Skill Building, Planned Respite, Crisis Respite, Supported Employment, Community Self-Advocacy Training and Support, Habilitation, Palliative Care, Prevocational Services.


  • State Agency Partners will prioritize reviews of applications from current 1915(c) waiver providers beginning in July 2017.
  • NYS anticipates sending out designation letters to current system providers in October 2017.
  • Lists of designated providers will be posted online. This list will be utilized by Medicaid Managed Care Plans to develop networks for service provision that begins on July 1, 2018.
  • The application was revised on June 14, 2017 to include additional questions.

**For applications that were submitted before the June 14 modification date, resubmission is not necessary. An email notification will be sent by NYS requesting additional information.

NYS advises current system providers to submit designation application by July 31, 2017. Contracting, credentialing, and claims testing typically take approximately nine months in total. Delays in submission of the application to NYS may result in delay dependent contracting, credentialing, and claims testing work, and could affect network status

The designation application is available at: https://my.omh.ny.gov/hcbs/default.aspx.

To view the full announcement from CTAC, click here.

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