Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) Requirements

As a result of ARS 36-.2907.14, AHCCCS and its contracted health plans are implementing new standards and reporting requirements for all Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) receiving AHCCCS reimbursement. These new standards and reporting requirements are in addition to all State or Federal licensing and registrations requirements.

As of Aug. 27, 2019, newly-established OTP sites are required to submit to and obtain AHCCCS approval for all the plans listed below along with a checklist (to be developed). AHCCCS approval of each plan is required prior to the provision of AHCCCS reimbursable services. If approved, the new OTP site will be required to submit an annual report containing all of the identified plans and checklist in November of each year.

Any existing AHCCCS registered OTP site is required to submit all required plans and the checklist in November. For existing OTP sites, the November submission will serve as the first annual report to be updated each November.

Plans required from the OTPs include:

  1. Detailed security plan
  2. Neighborhood engagement plan
  3. Comprehensive plan to demonstrate how the OTP ensures that appropriate medication-assisted standards of care are met
  4. Community relations and education plan
  5. Current diversion control plan

AHCCCS will post these reports on its website for public comment and summarize the plans in a report to the Governor due no later than January 15 of each year.

On or before December 31, 2019, AHCCCS and the Department of Health Services must establish standards for designating 24/7 Access Points for treating opioid use disorder statewide. Public forums will be held before the standards are implemented. The forums will be held Monday, Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. in Phoenix and 2 p.m. in Tucson. See the flyer posted on the Public Notices and Opportunities web page under Behavioral Health.

More information will be posted on this page as it becomes available.

Contact Grantsmanagement@azahcccs.gov with questions.