Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

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What is DBT?

To promote a recovery-based system of care, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) was added to the list of benefits covered by Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) effective April 1, 2011. DBT IOP is delivered according to the principles of the research-based model and as a comprehensive treatment using the three modalities of individual therapy, group skills training, and telephone coaching by a team of DBT-trained providers. Therapists also meet 90 minutes per week as part of a consultation team. DBT as a treatment is based in cognitive, behavioral and dialectic principles and incorporates both clinical and rehabilitative interventions.

What services are available?

Covered DBT Services

Who is eligible for this service?

MHCP Eligible Recipients

Programs must determine that a client meets the eligibility requirements for this intensive service by providing a thorough assessment, including a functional assessment and by conducting the necessary treatment readiness protocol described by the evidence based practice and defined in Minnesota Rule 9505.0372 Subp.10 .

The targeted treatment group is individuals for whom empirical evidence supports its effectiveness; individuals who are suicidal, engaging in self-harm behaviors, and/or diagnosed with a borderline personality disorder.

How to become a provider – Applications/Certifications/Licensure

Online Application – to access the online application, you must use your MN-ITS login ID and password.

The applicant program must consist of team members who are trained in DBT treatment and may include persons from more than one agency as long as professional and clinical affiliations with the DBT team are delineated as employees, affiliates, or contractors of the DBT program.

The process for certification of DBT programs in Minnesota involves completing the official certification application and submitting supporting documentation, including a program manual. The program manual must contain evidence that the DBT program adheres to the definition of Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Outpatient Program in accordance with Minnesota Rule 9505.0370 Subp. 12 and contain evidence that the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Outpatient Program continuously meets the requirements for recipient assessment, recipient eligibility determination process, program structure, treatment components, additional certification requirements, staff qualifications, and staff training as defined in Minnesota Rule 9505.0372 Subp. 10.

Required table of contents for the DBT program manual. (PDF)

DHS will review applications and supporting documentation against the evidence-based standards of DBT as described in Minnesota Rule 9505. 0372 subpart 10. Notification of certification status will be sent by letter no more than 60 days after a completed application and supporting documentation is received. Initial certification will be for one year from the date of certification approval if all requirements are met satisfactorily. A certified program will become authorized to use DBT-specific reimbursement codes and will be listed on the DHS website as a certified DBT provider. Certified providers must submit prior authorization requests for the service and report client level outcomes data.

Re-certification will extend a program’s certification for one, two, or three years. Information about the re-certification process will be made available on this webpage.

Current Providers

DBT Certified Providers List

Certified program with staff changes must complete the Program Staff and Qualifications Update form when the status of any team member changes. Submit updated information to: mailto:DBT.Certification@state.mn.us.


MHCP Codes & Rates

Reporting Requirements

Mental Health Information System (MHIS) Materials - Reporting through the Mental Health Information System (MHIS) is required of all Crisis Response providers. The MHIS reporting instructions and materials are located on the Adult Mental Health Technical Assistance page. The web-based Mental Health Information System (MHIS) started July 1, 2012. For DBT reporting questions contact the Reporting Help Desk at (651) 431-2239, press 4 for DBT or email DHS.amhis@state.mn.us and include “DBT” in the subject line.

How can I get more information?

DBT Policy Lead, 651-431-2225 or dbt.certification@state.mn.us

Additional Resources

MHCP Manual

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