CBH supports Telepsychiatry (Telepsych) services as a valuable adjunct to on-site psychiatry services for behavioral health providers. Telepsych is defined by CBH as assessment, therapy, and/or medication management services provided by a psychiatrist via telecommunications technology that allows for face-to-face interactions (e.g. videoconferencing). All providers considering the use of Telepsych must adhere to the requirements listed in Commonwealth’s Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) Bulletin 14-01 OMHSAS Guidelines for the Approval of Telepsych Services in HealthChoices

In addition to meeting OMHSAS guidelines for Telepsych, CBH requires the following of Telepsych providers: 

  • Prior approval from OMHSAS before implementation and billing 
  • An on-site psychiatrist, as Telepsych must supplement, not replace, on-site psychiatry and oversight 
  • Availability of a Mental Health Professional (MHP) to participate in Telepsych sessions, preferably the member’s primary therapist to ensure care coordination and appropriate crisis intervention. 

CBH may, after prior approval/review, reimburse Telepsych for the following outpatient mental health services: 

  • Psychiatric evaluations 
  • Medication management 
  • Psychiatric consultations 
  • Individual therapy provided by psychiatrist 
  • Collateral therapy provided by psychiatrist 
  • Family/group therapy provided by psychiatrist 

As of December 20, 2018, CBH is aware of the following agencies having been approved by the Commonwealth to provide Telepsychiatry: 

  • Philadelphia Mental Health Clinic 
  • JFK 
  • PATH 
  • Community Council 

For the most up-to-date list, please contact CBH Member Services