As part of Medicaid Transformation, contracted providers will be required to implement a tobacco free policy, with the exception of services subject to HCBS final rule. The NC Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch is offering a training on April 14 through MAHEC to help providers prepare for these changes.
Information below on the required changes:
Tobacco – Free Campus Requirements from the BH I/DD Tailored Plan RFA
Require as part of objectivity quality standards that contracted facilities, with the exception of the residential provider facilities noted below, implement a tobacco-free policy covering any portion of the property on which the participating provider operates that is under its control as owner or lessee, to include buildings, grounds, and vehicles. A tobacco-free policy includes a prohibition on smoking combustible tobacco products and the use of non-combustible tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, as well as prohibiting participating providers from purchasing, accepting as donations, and/or distributing tobacco products (combustible and non-combustible products including electronic cigarettes) to the clients they serve. However, contracted facilities that are owned or controlled by the provider and which provide ICF-ID services or residential services that are subject to the HCBS final rule are exempt from this requirement. In these settings:
(1) Indoor use of tobacco products shall be prohibited in all provider owned/operated contracted settings.
(2) For outdoor areas of campus, providers shall:
i. Ensure access to common outdoor space(s) that are free from exposure to tobacco products/use; and
ii. Prohibit staff/employees from using tobacco products anywhere on campus.