County continues rehab contracts: Six providers to receive nearly $10.8 million for substance use treatment

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors is set Tuesday to approve contracts totaling about $10.8 million to six nonprofit agencies that provide substance abuse treatment.

Although the county has a continuing resolution with the agencies to fund their services, approval of the contracts was on hold as officials have awaited word on a waiver that would give nonprofits the ability to draw upon federal funds to provide expanded substance abuse treatment.

The nonprofits had no disruption in payments, however, and the county just submitted a plan to the state Department of Health Care Services Nov. 30 on how local agencies would use Medicaid and Medi-Cal dollars to provide substance abuse treatment to a “larger eligibility pool,” Steve Kaplan, director of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, said Monday.

Currently, Medi-Cal restricts the types of services that may be provided to claim federal participation, Kaplan said.

Once the waiver is approved, Medi-Cal eligible individuals will have access to a rich array of services, he said.

It will also increase the eligibility pool to access services, he said.

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