Expanding telemedicine in health care, mental health, and substance use disorder settings

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Expanding telemedicine in health care, mental health, and substance use disorder settings

The commissioner has temporarily expanded access to telemedicine for Minnesotans enrolled in Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare who receive health care, mental health treatment, or substance use disorder treatment. Specifically, the commissioner expanded the providers who are permitted to provide services through telephone and video visits to include the following providers and their tribal provider equivalents:

  • Providers who are considered “licensed health care providers” under section 256B.0625, subdivision 3b, paragraph (e), and providers who licensed medical providers supervise;
  • Mental health certified peer specialists and mental health certified family peer specialists where they are currently authorized to provide services;
  • Mental health rehabilitation workers in Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS);
  • Mental health behavioral aides in Children’s Therapeutic Support services (CTSS); and
  • Alcohol and drug counselors, alcohol and drug counselor-temps, recovery peers, and student interns in licensed SUD programs.

The commissioner also temporarily expanded telemedicine (including telephone and video visits) to Rule 25 assessments, comprehensive assessments, and group therapy. 

These measures help enrollees and providers follow social distancing best practices. DHS has received federal approval for these changes. 

This change is effective March 19, 2020, and runs through the end of public health emergency.

See the waivers and modifications webpage or the Coronavirus (COVID-19) section of the MHCP Provider Manual for more information about requirements that have been waived or modified.

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