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In September 2011, the New Jersey Department of Human Services (DHS), in cooperation with the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the Department of Children and Families (DCF), submitted a Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver application to the US Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid seeking a five-year Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Section 1115 research and demonstration waiver that encompasses nearly all services and eligible populations served under a single authority. The document details the state's plan to reform the entitlement program to preserve access and advance innovation in healthcare, and to secure flexibility to manage the State's programs more efficiently.

The Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver would do the following for Behavioral Health Services:

Integrate behavioral health and primary care services
Develop innovative delivery systems - MBHO, ASO
Support community alternatives to institutional placement
Braid funding
Provide opportunities for rate rebalancing
Transition no-risk model to risk-based model
Increase focus on children, SAI and consumers with developmental disabilities

To provide comments to the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services on the proposed changes to behavioral health services under the Waiver, email  See links below for additional information pertaining to MBHO initiatives.


▪  Fee-for-Service Rate Setting - Providers in Data
   Collection Study
▪  Fee-for-Service Rate Setting Practice Group Members
▪  Fiscal Workgroup for Fee-for-Service Rate Setting
▪  Update for NJAMHAA Conference on October 3, 2013 

Provider Meeting - May 20, 2013:
Rate Setting Study (presented by Myers & Stauffer, LC)

Stakeholder Workgroup Reading List

Stakeholder Workgroup Membership

Clinical Workgroup

Outcomes Workgroup

Steering Workgroup

Access Workgroup

Fiscal Workgroup

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