The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) has established new regulations for Intensive Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) to replace Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS) for the delivery of child and adolescent services in the home, school, and community. Changes include increased requirements for staff training, supervision, and credentialing. These new regulations were built from needs identified by community stakeholders (including school district principals, provider agencies, and consumers) during targeted focused groups for improved access and quality of care for children, youth, and young adults.

As a result, OMHSAS offered IBHS trainings:

Statewide Training Webinars

The first IBHS Regulatory Training occurred on Friday, October 4, 2019. Click here to view the recorded presentation. Click here to download the PowerPoint presentation.

For more information about the webinars, and for the most up-to-date list of all regional forums, visit the HealthChoices IBHS web page here.

CBH IBHS Provider Profiles


The Provider Profiles allow community members to see and compare each provider’s efforts to utilize evidence-based practices, demonstrate quality in various services, and partner with CBH and the City on broader, city-wide treatment priorities in a given year. For reference, please see the full 2019 Provider Profiles Companion Guide.


CBH Resources:


CBH Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Performance Standards Version 3.0


IBHS Coordinating Council Meeting, May 21, 2021:

IBHS Coordinating Council Meeting, April 16, 2021:

IBHS Coordinating Council Meeting, March 19, 2021:

IBHS Coordinating Council Meeting, February 19, 2021:

CBH IBHS Performance Standards

CBH IBHS FAQ (Updated October 21, 2020)

Request for County Letter of Support for IBHS Template (.docx)

Request for County Letter of Support for Waiver of IBHS Regulations Template (.docx)

IBHS Operational Services Webinar

IBHS Transition Letter #1
(Sent on March 13, 2020 to parents and/or guardians of children who receive Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Services [BHRS], School Therapeutic Services [STS], and/or Applied Behavioral Analysis [ABA])

IBHS Written Order Letter
(Referred to in CBH Provider Bulletin 20-11: Transition from BHRS and STS to Regionalized IBHS
issued on June 15, 2020)

IBHS Regionalization Family Letter
(Referred to in CBH Provider Bulletin 20-11: Transition from BHRS and STS to Regionalized IBHS
issued on June 15, 2020)

Families will also be informed of their right to exercise family choice and instructed to contact CBH in order to opt out of assignment to their cluster’s provider.

School Cluster Provider Assignments

CBH Webinars:


CBH April 28, 2020 IBHS Webinar: Guide to Prescribing and Access

CBH February 21, 2020 IBHS Webinar

Pennsylvania Annex & Preamble


IBHS Regulations Annex

The annex is the body of the regulations and contains the requirements to provide and bill for IBHS.

IBHS Regulations Preamble

The preamble contains the overview of the regulations (to include purpose, background, accomplishments and benefits, etc.) as well as a the public comments which are in a question and answer format.

OMHSAS Documents:

Bulletin No. OMHSAS-21-02 (January 22, 2021)

Bulletin No. OMHSAS-21-03 (January 22, 2021)

Bulletin No. OMHSAS-20-04 (May 12, 2020)

Bulletin No. OMHSAS-20-01 (January 31, 2020)

Bulletin No. OMHSAS-16-03

Initial Provider Outreach Letter

IBHS Service Description Review Checklist

Licensing Application Instructions

Application For Certificate Of Compliance

Enrollment Handout

OMHSAS IBHS Contact List

IBHS Approved Evidence Based Treatment (EBT) Programs

IBHS Acronyms List

PA Administrators

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


CBH will continue to provide updates about IBHS regulation changes. Please check frequently for the latest information.