Community Mental Health Center (CMHC)
CMHCs are not licensed by the State of Louisiana. They are certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). HSS is the liaison between CMHCs and CMS.
Definition:42CFR410.2 states "Community mental health center (CMHC) means an entity that:
NOTE: Initial certification surveys for CMHC are prioritized by CMS as Tier 4 workload. This means that all higher tiered federal workloads must be completed prior to initial certification being conducted. As a result ,there may be a substantial delay in an initial certification survey being conducted. Providers may apply to CMS via the State Agency requesting consideration for an exception to the priority assignment of the initial survey if lack of Medicare certification would cause significant access-to-care problems for beneficiaries served by the provider. There is no special form required to make a priority exception request. However, the burden is on the applicant to provide data and other evidence that effectively establishes the probability of serious, adverse beneficiary healthcare access consequences if the provider is not enrolled to participate in Medicare.
Fees - no fees are collected
Federal Regulations - Electronic Code of Federal Regulations - Title 42, Chapter IV, Subchapter G, Part 485, Subpart J-(Feb. 2015)
Locations (Enrollment Only)
Community Mental Health Center Initial Certification
Return the following completed forms to Health Standards Section:
Developing an All Hazards Risk Assessment and Emergency Plan
P.O. Box 3767
Baton Rouge, La. 70821
Desiree Castello, RN Program Manager