Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS)
Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS) are a set of mental health services developed to provide restorative rehabilitative interventions covered by Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) to children and their families. CTSS establishes policies and practices for certification and coverage of mental health services for children who require varying therapeutic and rehabilitative levels of intervention in their homes or elsewhere in the community.
Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports (CTSS) components may be provided only by an agency (county, tribe or non-county agency) or a school that has been certified using the provider certification process developed by DHS.
The CTSS Application DHS 3610-ENG has been updated. Older versions, previously downloaded, will not be accepted after October 31, 2019.
Application disclaimer: Because the forms are a dynamic Adobe PDF, they can only be accessed via a PC or an Apple MAC. Tablets and iPads currently are not supported. The application will open in Google Chrome or Firefox browsers, using the following instructions.
Community CTSS providers are counties, tribes or non-county agencies certified by DHS to provide CTSS services and bill Medical Assistance (MA). The providers complete the certification process as a community provider and provide CTSS services in the office, home or other community settings. They also may contract with certified School CTSS providers to deliver CTSS benefit services to students under an Individual Education Plan (IEP).
Current CTSS Community Providers (XLS)
School CTSS providers are schools that are certified to provide CTSS services to students with CTSS services specified in their Individual Education Plan (IEP). The services may be provided directly by mental health professionals and practitioners employed by the school, or the school may contract with certified community CTSS providers to deliver the services recommended by the IEP.
Current CTSS School Provider (XLS)
Business manager(s) and clinical supervisor(s) must attend both sessions.
The registration will close the Friday night before the session.
All CTSS providers must be certified for core CTSS services. Decide if you need to start your certification providing only core CTSS services (psychotherapy, skills training, crisis assistance) or if you plan to provide the optional CTSS services of Children’s Day Treatment and/or Mental Health Behavioral Aide (MHBA) services.
Optional services may be certified either at the time of initial certification or added at a later date.
A school contracting with a certified community CTSS provider should identify the community CTSS provider and have an executed contract attached to application.
The application must be the original eDoc, and may not be altered. All documentation must be filled out electronically.
Applications may take approximately five weeks for DHS Behavioral Health Division staff to review, and may take longer due to scheduling.
If approved, you will need to contact Provider Enrollment, pay the fee, and receive an onsite visit from the Office of the Inspector General. Upon final approval from Provider Enrollment, you may then start providing services. This part of the process could take up to three additional months. Reference MHCP Provider Screening Requirements for more information.
If the application is not approved, you will receive a denial letter with a qualitative review form. Providers may submit a new application after one week.
All providers who are interested in becoming a CTSS provider are required to attend the Administrative and Clinical Information Sessions. Newly hired clinical supervisors and practitioners also are welcome to attend the Clinical Information Seminar. A potential CTSS provider must register the qualified Administrative Representative and Clinical Supervisor/Clinical Consultant who will be completing the application. The sessions are provided quarterly on the third Tuesday of January, April, July and October of each year. Administrative Information Sessions run from 9:00 am – noon, and Clinical Information Seminars run from 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Applicants must have completed the seminars within one year prior to submitting a CTSS application for review. Enrollment information can be found on the Children’s Mental Health Training webpage.
Providers who provide Mental Health Behavioral Aide (MHBA) services must have all MHBA staff participate in MHBA Parent Teaming Training, as well as complete additional training through the provider.