Training and Credentialing for Behavioral Health-Focused LTSS: Considerations for Health Plans

Date: April 15, 2019
Time to read: less than a 1 minute.

Behavioral health long-term services and supports (LTSS) such as health navigation peer support, and developmental therapy assist members by coordinating care and integrating appropriate supports. The services are designed to assist members with mental illness, addiction, and developmental disabilities and to help them maintain independence at home and in community settings. Your health plan may have had only limited experience with behavioral health LTSS in the past, but as states expand managed long-term services and supports for their Medicaid populations – including those with behavioral health needs – you may find it necessary to incorporate them into your portfolio of services.  This brief outlines considerations for implementing training and credentialing requirements for both in-house staff and provider organizations.