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Below is a full list of information posted or updated on the DMH/DD/SAS web site. Be sure to refresh your browser to see the most recent updates. Items will remain for one month.

Beginning 8/1/14, What's New announcements will not be archived. Currently archived announcements will be deleted.

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Find all up-to-date information about the Transitions to Community Living Initiative: NC/US DOJ Settlement Implementation initiative. The Milestones, Tools and Update pages are no longer in use. Please update bookmarks for these pages.
Documents effective 8/1/14 regarding State-funded enhanced MH/SA services AND state-funded services for MH/DD/SA are available on the Service Definitions page.
Provider Monitoring: The Date of Review, Type of Review and Reviewer Name have been added to all the Individual Records sheets in the Provider Agency and LIP workbooks so that this information is automatically populated from the Workbook Set-up worksheet. Test tools that show how these enhancements work are also posted.
Find information about NC START seeking national certification.
A revised State-Funded Enhanced MH/SA Services document is available for your review. The document contains technical revisions based on DSM-5, ASAM, NC TRACKS and Benefit Plan language changes and is effective August 1, 2014.
Find a new NC Tracks service array and concurrency table
Documents have been added to the NC-SNAP Forms page and to the NC-SNAP page under Publications
NC-TOPPS: new interview forms, guidelines and LME/MCO contacts have been posted.
The Review Tools for Routine Monitoring of Provider Agencies have been updated. On the Individual Records worksheets (purple tabs), the drop-down menu in the Reviewer field was removed and put in the Type of Review field and the dates were re-formatted to be consistent throughout the workbook. These updates are on the Provider Monitoring page.
The Facility-Based Crisis/Non-Hospital Medical Detoxification program at The Harbor in Wilmington has been approved to treat individuals under petitions of involuntary commitment and has been added to the listing of designated IVC facilities on the Involuntary Commitments page.
Rules and Advisory Committee minutes and an Advisory Committee roster have been added to the MH/DD/SAS Commission meeting minutes page.
A Data Elements Dictionary has been added to the System Documentation page of NCTracks.
The Provider Review Database on the Provider Monitoring web page has been updated.
Provider Monitoring Survey page. The introductory paragraph on the Routine Provider Monitoring Survey page has been revised to clarify that the survey should only be completed after routine reviews and post-payment reviews have been conducted as a part of routine monitoring. The survey should not be used for targeted, focused monitoring, complaint investigations or program integrity activities.
The Powerpoint for the NCHIMA Behavioral Health Conference has been posted to the Provider Monitoring Conferences page.
Changes have been made to the Provider Monitoring tools and can be found on the Provider Monitoring page.

LIP REVIEW TOOL --As a quick reference, a note has been added to let people know that this tool is used with LIPs who provide outpatient/basic benefit services only and that the sample size for a solo practice and group practice are also noted.  There is also a note explaining that the Routine Agency Tool is used when a LIP works in an agency that provides services other than basic benefit services. 

LIP OFFICE SITE REVIEW TOOL --The guideline for item #1 re: the accessibility of the office for individuals who have physical disabilities clarified the options available when the clinician's office is located in a building that is not wheelchair accessible.
--The note in the guideline for item #11 re: the practice hours, provisions for 24 hour coverage being posted as only being applicable to Cardinal Innovations was deleted since this requirement applies to all LIPs, not just those who contract with Cardinal Innovations and to be consistent with the tool.

AGENCY REVIEW TOOL --On the Unlicensed AFL Tool, the guidelines for emergency information and the requirement for crisis services training have been inserted and the guidelines for items #5 and #6 which were combined have been separated to be consistent with the tool.
--The following lists have been added to the workbook to allow reviewers to document the individuals included in the samples for incidents, complaints, restrictive interventions and for funds management and the medication review.  The Individual Records List and the Post-Payment Review List have been consolidated into one list -- the Sample Based on Paid Claims List -- in order to reduce redundancy.
--The formula for the Diagnostic Assessment on the Overview Summary page was corrected.
--A note was placed on the Routine Agency Tool to indicate that this tool is used for LIPs who work in an agency that provides services other than basic benefit services (e.g., CABHAs).
Third quarter Performance Contract Reports are available on Performance Contract Reports page.
Two referral forms between the LME/MCOs and Tenancy Supports have been added to the Transitions to Community Living Initative webpage.
The Communication Bulletin Topical Index has been updated to include all bulletins up to #141.
The Agenda for the May 22nd MH/DD/SA Commission meeting has been posted.
The following updates have been added to the Provider Monitoring page:
--The FAQs document has been updated.
--Footers have been added to the Provider Review Database and to the LIPs tools to reflect the publication date of each document.
--The sample size has been increased to 30 events on both the LIP Review Tool and the LIP Post Payment Review Tool.
The following documents have been added to the Provider Monitoring page:
--A series of nine (9) webinars as a follow-up to the introductory workshops held in February 2014.  These webinars cover a variety of topics. 
--A summary of the training evaluations from the introductory workshops held in February 2014 .
The following documents have been added to the Provider Monitoring page:
--The DHHS Provider Review Database has been updated to only include the routine and post-payment review tools that are currently in effect.
--The Provider Monitoring Survey which is to be completed after the provider has received their monitoring report from the LME-MCO has also been posted to the Provider Monitoring page.
SAMHBG audit information for 2014 has been posted to the Audits page.
A new section with conference, workshop and training presentations on the new provider monitoring process has been added to the Provider Monitoring page.
An NCTracks presentation along with a supporting document have been posted to the NCTracks System Documentation page.
The presentation to the NC Association of Rehab Facilities Conference has been posted to the Provider Monitoring page.
The annual report on the Transition to Community Living Initiative has been posted.
Updated Quality of Life surveys have been posted to the DOJ-Transition to Community Living page.
Changes have been made to the “Data Extraction” worksheet in the “Routine Monitoring Tool for Providers”.  The column headings  have been updated from “Rights Notification and Funds Management” to “Routine Review” and from “Health & Safety Review for Unlicensed AFLs” to “Unlicensed AFL Review.” 
In addition, the DHHS Provider Review Database has been added.  This database will be used by the LME-MCOs to report their monitoring activities to the DHHS-LME/MCO-Provider Collaboration Workgroup.  These updates appear on the Provider Monitoring page.
An opportunity to serve on the SCFAC has been posted to the Volunteer page.
Information regarding DSM-5, ICD-10 and ASAM has been posted to the web.
The 2014 DWI Audit information has been posted to the DWI Audits page.
An updated SCFAC membership list has been posted to the State CFAC page.
Agendas for the MH/DD/SAS Commission Advisory and Rules Committees April 24th meetings have been posted.
The missing guideline for Item # 2 on the Innovations Waiver Post-Payment Review Tool has been inserted in the Provider Agency Tool found on the Provider Monitoring page.
The applications for State Traumatic Brain Injury funds for both individuals and entities have been updated.
The 2nd quarter Performance Contract report and matrix have been posted.
The DWAC meeting scheduled for April 16, 2014, is cancelled and has been rescheduled for May 21, 2014. The location and time remain the same.
An updated list of people certified to perform first level involuntary commitment exams has been updated on the First Level Commitment page.
The Staff Qualifications worksheet for Residential Treatment Services, found on the Provider Monitoring page, has been updated to reflect that only a criminal record check is required – and not disclosure.
The Transition to Community Living page has been updated with a letter outlining supported employment & the TCL Initiative goals.
The Provider Monitoring Staff Qualifications worksheets that are a part of the post-payment review tools for agencies have been updated to correct errors and discrepancies.  The staff qualifications checklist for peer support services has been eliminated due to there not being a definition for this service.
The Record Release Checklist in the routine review tools for LIPs and Provider Agencies now includes the requirement to safeguard the confidentiality and privacy of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS information. The tools can be found on the Provider Monitoring page.
A new NC-TOPPS Snapshot has been added to the NC-TOPPS page.

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