Washington State: Adult Family Homes, Assisted Living Facilities and Enhanced Services Facilities Timeline of Transitions to Behavioral Health Personal Care (BHPC) Delayed

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

On April 23, 2023, the legislature released the anticipated conference budget. Based on our review, funding was not provided to implement a new 1915(i) benefit on July 1, 2023 (as described in the message below). Based on budget language, the Health Care Authority anticipates a new implementation date in 2024. Due to this change we do not anticipate any transitions from Behavioral Health Personal Care (BHPC) to 1915i at this time and BHPC will continue until implementation. The current process for BHPC will continue until implementation and will likely include a transition period.

Although the timeline has been delayed, HCA will continue to work with providers to ensure readiness for 2024.

Providers should complete a Core Provider Agreement as soon as possible. The Core Provider Agreement ‘Office Hours’ will continue to be offered through May 5, 2023, to assist agencies in completing the Core Provider Agreement form. (Reminder: submitting the Core Provider Agreement makes the provider known to P1, which is a requirement to contract with MCOs and to provide this benefit.)  Additional CPA webinars and office hours will be scheduled later in 2023 and into 2024.

However, based on the delay, timelines for contracting with the managed care plans will be postponed.

We appreciate your ongoing support and involvement in preparing to offer this new service. As things progress, we will continue to communicate with stakeholders.

For question or assistance, please email: hca1915iservices@hca.wa.gov

Thank you,

Your 1915(i) Implementation Team

Previous message sent January 23, 2023