Issued:  December 20, 2018

Stakeholder Webinar – 1115(a) Substance Use Disorder Demonstration State Plan Changes

This information is being shared at the request of NC Medicaid and the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services

North Carolina recently received approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for an 1115(a) Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Demonstration waiver to improve access to SUD treatment services for Medicaid beneficiaries. Over the next 24 months, NC Medicaid will be revising and developing clinical coverage policies to ensure that each American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) level of care is available in the continuum of care. Based on the requirements of the waiver, North Carolina identified ASAM as the evidence-based guidelines to determine the appropriate level of care for individuals with substance use disorders. These changes will require that the Medicaid State Plan be amended.

A stakeholder feedback webinar has been scheduled for Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. and will provide a brief overview of the State Plan changes to bring SUD services in line with the ASAM Criteria. This will be an opportunity to review and give comments on the proposed State Plan Amendments (SPAs). For those of you who cannot be on the webinar, there will be a 10-day public comment period on the SPA that will be announced by NC Medicaid and DMHDDSAS.

To register for the webinar, please visit After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

If multiple people from the same organization calling in, you are asked to use the same phone line to allow as many people to call in to the webinar.

NC Medicaid and Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services welcomes your comments and feedback regarding the alignment of SUD services with the ASAM Criteria.

Holiday Closings

All Partners offices will be closed for the holiday on Monday, Dec. 24, Tuesday, Dec. 25 and Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. Individuals in crisis can reach Partners’ HOPE line 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 1-888-235-HOPE (4673).