Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Medical Assistance Services
Board of Medical Assistance Services
Amount, Duration, and Scope of Medical and Remedial Care and Services [12 VAC 30 ‑ 50]
Action Mental Health Skill-building Services
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 10/23/2015
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9/23/15  2:16 pm
Commenter: Concerned Citizen in the field

Against proposed regulations related to ISP's

In order or providers to have an LMHP/LMHP-like staff member complete ISP's, the provider would be responsible for hiring more staff.  LMHP employees cost more, which means the companies are paying more out of pocket to maintain the regulations, and several mental health agencies cannot afford these extra expenses.  If they could be afforded, providers would be forced to make cuts in other areas to pay for the LMHP/LMHP-like staff.  LMHP staff often do not have as much contact with the clients as the clinicians do, therefore having these individuals create and be responsible for the ISP's means that they would not be as accurate, or detailed about the progress that the client may have made.  Mental health has suffered with other regulation changes, and we really hope that this does not pass, as it will only make it more difficult to provide the clients with that they need on a daily basis in order to live the best lives possible. 

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