This filing was published in the 01/15/2007, issue, Vol. 2007, No. 2, of the Utah State Bulletin.
Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Case Manager Certification
NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE
DAR File No.: 29383
Filed: 01/02/2007, 02:04
Received by: NL
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
This rule is being established to legitimize actions taken by the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health to meet billing requirements issued by Medicaid. The Division entered into an informal agreement with Medicaid to create a training and licensing process for mental health case managers to ensure competent and qualified workers are providing case management services. The curriculum, training, and certification of case managers has already been a practice throughout the State of Utah, so this rule does not create or mandate a new system or process, but merely institutionalizes a practice that has been going on for several years.
Summary of the rule or change:
This rule provides for the certification of case managers who work in the State of Utah for local mental health and/or substance abuse authorities. Minimum standards for qualification to seek certification are outlined; testing and experience standards are set; a request for a waiver of the minimum standards is provided; a process for application is identified; continuation of licensing requirements are established; and a recertification process is provided along with a revocation process and appeals.
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
Implementation of this rule will not require the Division to provide additional outlays of capital beyond that which has already been budgeted currently and in past years. A database for tracking certified case managers and recertification time lines already exists and is being maintained. Other costs currently tied to this rule are: support staff time used for printing and sending certificates; support staff time used for maintaining the database; the cost of buying certificates; the cost of printing names on certificates; staff time for administering and scoring tests, and staff time for maintaining and updating test standards.
Local governments have no cost associated with this rule because they do not certify or train persons seeking case management certification.
Costs to others could include travel expenses to take the test and possible updated training costs for continuing education hours to maintain certification. Eight hours of continuing education are required per year and recertification is due every three years. Continuing education hours may be obtained through in-house agency trainings or purchased through conferences and seminars so actual costs would be difficult to anticipate.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
Costs associated with this rule are limited to those persons who are seeking case management certification and include travel expenses to take the test and updated training costs for continuing education hours to maintain certification. Continuing education hours may be obtained through in-house agency trainings or purchase through conferences and seminars so actual costs would be difficult to anticipate.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
After careful review, the Department of Human Services has determined that this rule will have no financial impact on businesses in the State of Utah. Lisa-Michele Church, Executive Director
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Human Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health
120 N 200 W
SALT LAKE CITY UT 84103-1500
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
Thom Dunford at the above address, by phone at 801-538-4519, by FAX at 801-538-9892, or by Internet E-mail at TDUNFORD@utah.gov
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
This rule may become effective on:
Mark I Payne, Director
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Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment:
March 7, 2005]
Notice of Continuation: December 11, 2002
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 62A-12-102; 62A-12-104; 62A-12-209.6(2); 62A-12-283.1(3)(a)(i); 62A-12-283.1(3)(a)(ii); 62A-15-612(2)
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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Thom Dunford at the above address, by phone at 801-538-4519, by FAX at 801-538-9892, or by Internet E-mail at TDUNFORD@utah.gov
For questions about the rulemaking process, please contact the Division of Administrative Rules (801-538-3764). Please Note: The Division of Administrative Rules is NOT able to answer questions about the content or application of these administrative rules.
Last modified: 01/11/2007 9:13 AM