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​​​​​​​​​The Behavioral Health Policy Team is comprised of subject matter experts​ in behavioral health services. The team provides policy guidance regarding the regulations and provider types listed below:

Behavioral Health Regulations and Provider Types​


Kentucky Administrative Regulations


Contact​ the Behavioral Health Policy Team

Pilots, Grants and Demonstrations

Mobile Crisis Intervention Services     

In September 2021, the Kentucky Department of Medicaid Services (DMS) was awarded $796,894 under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Section 9813 – State Planning Grants for Qualifying Community-Based Mobile Crisis Intervention Services. The Kentucky Mobile Crisis Intervention (MCI) Planning Grant Project expands and strengthens Kentucky’s mobile crisis services to better assist those experiencing a behavioral health crisis and divert them from hospitals, jails and prisons. To achieve its goal, the Kentucky MCI planning grant team will establish a unifying strategy common to state agencies and community partners to provide comprehensive and coordinated infrastructure to support 24/7/365 mobile crisis intervention services. The end result will be a comprehensive statewide model of mobile crisis services.

Contact Leigh Ann Fitzpatrick, MCIS project manager.​


KY HEALTH 1115 Demonstration

The Kentucky HEALTH (Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health) Section 1115 Demonstration was approved on Jan. 12, 2018 to experiment with evidence-based interventions that drive better health outcomes and quality-of-life improvements that may increase beneficiaries' financial independence. The substance use disorder (SUD) portion of the 1115 was implemented July 1, 2019. Kentucky expanded access to SUD treatment services across a full array of care while implementing evidence-based practices to improve the quality of SUD services.

Contact Angela Sparrow, KY Health 1115 project manager.​

KY DMS Public Notices

SUD Attestation Form and Information: SUD Trainings and Webinars

Multisystemic Therapy Pilot

July 1, 2021, DMS entered into a three-year pilot project to deliver multisystemic therapy (MST). MST is an evidence-based intensive treatment process that focuses on diagnosed behavioral health disorders and environmental systems (family, school, peer groups, culture, neighborhood and community) that contribute to or influence an individual’s involvement or potential involvement in the juvenile justice system. MST uses family strengths to promote positive coping activities and works with caregivers to reinforce positive behaviors, reduce negative behavior and increase family accountability and problem solving.

DMS and DCBS have partnered with three pilot providers licensed by the MST Institute for delivery of this intensive service:​

  • Home of the Innocents
  • CHNK Behavioral Health
  • KVC Kentucky

​Myers and Stauffer are engaged to evaluate the MST pilot project for programmatic and financial sustainability.

Contact Sherri Staley, MST project manager.

Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC)

Section 223 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 creates a demonstration program to implement certified community behavior health clinics (CCBHC) and assess their effectiveness. Demonstration criteria and requirements are directed by SAMHSA.

Contact Dana McKenna, CCBHC project manager.​​