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Prior Approval Review (PAR)
Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What regulations refer to the PAR process?
    1. Title 14 New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (14 NYCRR) Part 551: Prior Approval Review For Quality and Appropriateness.
  1. What are the timelines for Office of Mental Health (OMH) to review E-Z PAR and Comprehensive PAR applications?
    1. Once OMH deems an application complete for distribution, OMH must meet the following deadlines according to the regulations:
      E-Z PAR: OMH decision (approval, conditional approval or non-approval) due in 30 business days.
      Comprehensive PAR: OMH decision (approval, conditional approval or non-approval) due in 90 business days.
  1. What are the PAR application categories?
    1. Applications are divided into two categories: E-Z PAR and Comprehensive PAR. Outside of the PAR process, proposals which involve minimal changes to licensed programs do not require submission of a written application; however, notification to OMH and the county are required via Mental Health Provider Data Exchange (MHPD).
      Review Category Table.
  1. How can we get help accessing the electronic Administrative Action system in MHPD?
    1. First-time users can self-register through the MHPD web page.
  1. What projects will be subject to Mental Health Services Council (MHSC) review?
    1. MHSC will review all Comprehensive PAR projects. Also, the Mental Health Services Council may request selected E-Z PAR projects for review.
  1. Why is a Letter of Support from the County required for E-Z PAR applications?
    1. Prior consultation with the Local Government Unit (LGU) is an important part of the effort to expedite the process and ensure that local parties are involved in planning and support the project. The County will also have an opportunity to comment on specific aspects of the proposal during the review stage.
  1. What if the County does not support the project?
    1. Should the County express significant concerns or decline to provide a Letter of Support, the applicant is encouraged to work closely with the County and their regional OMH Field Office to come up with mutually agreeable solutions.

      If the applicant feels that the County has a conflict of interest, the applicant should contact their local OMH Field Office to discuss the situation. The applicant is encouraged to provide data or documentation to OMH Central Office supporting this view. If OMH determines that the agencys concern has merit, OMH will intervene and work directly with the county and applicant towards a resolution.

  1. When is a Letter of Intent from the applicant required?
    1. A Letter of Intent must be submitted 30-90 days prior to submission of an E-Z PAR or Comprehensive PAR.
  1. Who is the OMH contact for more information on the PAR process?
    1. New York State Office of Mental Health
      Bureau of Inspection and Certification - 6th floor
      PAR Unit
      44 Holland Avenue
      Albany, New York 12229
      (518) 474-5570
      Fax: (518) 486-5587

Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to the Bureau of Inspection and Certification.