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(Scroll down to "Telephone" section, click "Small Provider Billing Assistance" to see information).  DHCS offers a 12 week course to explain to new and small providers how to submit billing.

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The D-U-N-S Number is used to establish your company’s D&B® file, which can help potential partners and lenders learn more about your business, and may also help them make more informed decisions about whether or not to work with you as a client, supplier, or partner.

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The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and the California Department of Social  Services (CDSS) are launching two new programs intended to expand the infrastructure of and address  historic gaps in the behavioral health and long-term care continuum serving seniors, people with  disabilities, and people with behavioral health needs. These new programs are the Behavioral Health  Continuum Infrastructure Program (BHCIP) and the Community Care Expansion (CCE) Program. The  following information is provided as a supplement to the upcoming release of the joint Request for …

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Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI) is a program funded by the federal and state government that guarantees a minimum monthly income to people who are over 65, blind or disabled, and have limited income and resources. If an RCFE resident receives SSI, California law limits the monthly rate that the facility may charge the SSI recipient.   Under 2022 SSI payment rates, an RCFE resident with no income other than SSI will receive $1,365.77 per month, and must pay the RCFE $1,211.77 per month. This leaves the resident with $154 per month for personal needs ($1,365.77…

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Primary Care Clinics are Health Facilities licensed under Section 1200 of the California Health & Safety Code that provide services limited to those listed in California Building Code Section 1226.6. Outpatient clinical services of a hospital providing services, licensed under Section 1250 of the California Health & Safety Code, which are equivalent to a primary care clinic, shall also comply with California Building Code Section 1226.6 and be considered a primary care clinic. Primary care clinics are subject to the provisions of Section 1226 [OSHPD 3] CLINICS, of the California…

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Does Medi-Cal Pay for Residential Care/Assisted Living? Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs), sometimes called “Assisted Living” or “Board and Care,” are not licensed as medical facilities.  Accordingly, neither Medicare nor Medi–Cal pay directly for care in RCFEs . However, many low-income and low asset RCFE residents may still be eligible for Medi-Cal, which can be very helpful in paying for doctors, home health, medical equipment, and uncovered medications. Although California does have an Assisted Living Waiver program that will pay for services for RCFE residents who…

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An unfortunately common situation in long term care is depleting funds when living in a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE), as all assisted living or board and care facilities in California are known. RCFEs are expensive, with even small board and care homes regularly costing more than $4,000 a month. For most residents, these costs exceed their monthly income, forcing them to rely on whatever savings they have until those savings are exhausted. While these situations can be grim, there are options that typically go unexplored.

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Some RCFEs are trying to pass along increased costs from the COVID-19 pandemic to their residents.  The higher costs can take the form of a rate increase for current items and services, or charges for new items and services.  Whether it is legal for the RCFE to increase a resident’s rates or add new charges depends on several factors discussed below.

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Assessing the Continuum of Care for Behavioral Health  Services in California  Data, Stakeholder Perspectives, and Implications

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Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development 3 Clinics - PowerPoint

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Assisted Living Waiver Waitlist and COVID-19 Hotspot Enrollment

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The guide is informed by Urban Institute’s research examining the current practice as well as the motivations, opportunities, and barriers nonprofit hospitals and health systems face to initiating and broadening investments in housing development. Our findings suggest that while nonprofit hospitals and health systems may be increasingly aware of and involved in addressing housing concerns of their patients and communities, few invest in construction and rehabilitation projects.

This guide presents key concepts and strategies for designing and implementing housing development…

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The Design Guide is available free of cost via download as a service to the industry in an attempt to provide current information regarding products and philosophies that we feel are better for use in psychiatric hospitals and behavioral health facilities. Kimberly McMurray and Jim Hunt have the privilege of donation of our time and sharing the duties of authoring this document with David Sine, the president of Safety Logic Systems. It is a compilation of our combined more than one-hundred years of experience in designing, facility management and risk management and operation of these…

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Behavioral Health Barometer: California, Volume 6: Indicators as measured through the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health and the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services provides an annual update on a series of topics that focus on substance use and mental health (collectively referred to as behavioral health) in the United States. SAMHSA selected specific topics and indicators in this report to represent a cross-section of the key behavioral health indicators that are assessed in SAMHSA data collections, including NSDUH and N–SSATS. This report is intended to provide…

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The assessment will provide data and stakeholder perspectives for DHCS as it implements major behavioral health initiatives, responds to new federal funding opportunities, and prepares to submit a Section 1115 Medicaid demonstration waiver in 2022 to strengthen mental health services for people living with serious mental illness (SMI) and children and youth living with serious emotional disturbance (SED).

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This document is intended to address the built environment of the general adult inpatient behavioral health care unit. Additional considerations that are not addressed here are required for child and adolescent patients, patients with medical care needs, dementia patients, and some patients with diagnoses such as substance abuse and eating disorders.

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California Code of Regulations: DHCS regulations are published in Title 9, Divisions 1 and 4; Title 17, Division 1; and Title 22, Divisions 2 and 3.

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Data, Stakeholder Perspectives, and Implications

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PRE-LICENSING FACILITY EVALUATION CHECKLIST

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RCFEs: Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

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This study was conducted by the California Coalition for Rural Housing and Rural Community Assistance Corporation to reveal the current housing and living conditions of California’s tribal communities and provide a blueprint for how the state can help to improve these conditions in the coming years. Components of the research and data collection helped inform the Final Statewide Housing Assessment 2025 published in 2018 by the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Much has been written regarding the history of California’s American Indian population and state and…

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Opportunity Zones are census tracts that are economically-distressed communities where new investments may, under certain conditions, be eligible for preferential federal tax treatment or preferential consideration for federal grants and programs. With 879 Opportunity Zone census tracts across 57 counties, California hosts a diverse array of opportunities to align private and public investment for community-level impact in areas of economic need.

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The California Health Facilities Financing Authority (CHFFA) was established to be the State's vehicle for providing financial assistance to public and non-profit health care providers through loans, grants and tax-exempt bonds.

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California Uniform Construction Cost Accounting Commission, Guides, manuals and reference materials, links to commission information.

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All workers employed on public works projects must be paid the prevailing wage determined by the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations, according to the type of work and location of the project. The prevailing wage rates are usually based on rates specified in collective bargaining agreements.

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