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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 30. Department of Medical Assistance Services
Chapter 130. Amount, Duration and Scope of Selected Services

12VAC30-130-5100. Covered services: community based care - partial hospitalization services (ASAM Level 2.5).

A. Partial hospitalization services (ASAM Level 2.5) components. Partial hospitalization services components shall include the following, as defined in the ISP and provided on a weekly basis:

1. Individualized treatment planning.

2. A minimum of 20 hours per week and at least five service hours per service day of skilled treatment services with a planned format, including individual and group psychotherapy, substance use disorder counseling, medication management, education groups, occupational and recreational therapy, and other therapies. Withdrawal management services may be provided as necessary. Time not spent in skilled, clinically intensive treatment is not billable.

3. Family psychotherapy and substance use disorder counseling involving family members, guardians, or significant others in the assessment, treatment, and continuing care of the individual.

4. Motivational interviewing, enhancement, and engagement strategies.

5. Medication assisted treatment that is provided onsite or through referral.

B. Partial hospitalization services (ASAM Level 2.5). The substance use partial hospitalization service provider shall be licensed by DBHDS as a substance abuse partial hospitalization program or substance abuse or mental health partial hospitalization program and contracted with DMAS or its contractor or an MCO. Partial hospitalization service providers shall meet the ASAM Level 2.5 support systems and staff requirements as follows:

1. Interdisciplinary team comprised of CATPs, which shall include an addiction-credentialed physician or physician with experience in addiction medicine, or physician extenders as defined in 12VAC30-130-5020. ASAM Level 2.5 may utilize CSACs or CSAC-supervisees to provide substance use disorder counseling and psychoeducational services within their scopes of practice as defined in § 54.1-3507.1 of the Code of Virginia.

2. Physicians shall have specialty training or experience, or both, in addiction medicine or addiction psychiatry. Physicians who treat adolescents shall have experience with adolescent medicine.

3. Physicians and physician extenders who are either employed by or contracted with the agency and who shall have a DEA-X number to prescribe buprenorphine.

4. Program staff shall be cross-trained to understand signs and symptoms of mental illness and be able to understand and explain the uses of psychotropic medications and understand interactions with substance use and other addictive disorders.

5. Medical, psychological, psychiatric, laboratory, and toxicology services that are available by consult or referral.

6. Psychiatric and medical formal agreements to provide medical consult within eight hours of the requested consult by telephone or within 48 hours in person or via telemedicine.

7. Emergency services are available 24-hours a day and seven days a week.

8. Direct affiliation with or close coordination through referrals to higher and lower levels of care and supportive housing services.

C. Partial hospitalization services (ASAM Level 2.5) co-occurring enhanced programs shall offer:

1. Therapies and support systems as described in this section to individuals with co-occurring addictive and psychiatric disorders who are able to tolerate and benefit from a full program of therapies. Other individuals who are not able to benefit from a full program of therapies (who are severely or chronically mentally ill) will be offered enhanced program services to constitute intensity of hours in ASAM Level 2.5, including substance use case management, PACT, medication management, and psychotherapy.

2. Psychiatric services as appropriate to meet the individual's mental health condition. Services may be available by telephone and onsite, or closely coordinated offsite, or via telemedicine within a shorter time than in a co-occurring capable program.

3. Clinical leadership and oversight and, at a minimum, capacity to consult with an addiction psychiatrist via telephone, via telemedicine, or in person.

4. CATPs with experience assessing and treating co-occurring mental illness.

Statutory Authority

§ 32.1-325 of the Code of Virginia; 42 USC § 1396 et seq.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 33, Issue 12, eff. April 1, 2017; amended, Virginia Register Volume 36, Issue 11, eff. March 5, 2020.

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