Bulletin ID: No. 75 - Treatment Plan Signatures
Per Chapter 34 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations, a Treatment Plan (IRP/IPC) is required for authorization of all MHRS. The Treatment Plan is NOT EFFECTIVE until signed by the Approving Qualified Practitioner (AQP) (see section 3408.2).
- For example, if the AQP signs the Treatment Plan two weeks after the start date of the plan, services delivered during those two weeks are uncovered.
- The AQP’s signature MUST be dated; date may only be the date the signature was written.
- Pre-printed signature dates are not allowable.
- The AQP’s signature must be hand-signed. An exception is an electronic signature in an electronic medical record (See DMH Policy 450.1 Use of Electronic
- Signatures in Clinical Documentation).
- The first treatment plan must be developed and approved (signed) by the AQP by the fourth visit or within thirty (30) calendar days of enrollment, whichever come first.
No back-dating of treatment plans is permissible. It may be considered as fraud.
Questions and/or further information please contact:
Atiya Frame-Shamblee, Esq.
Director of Quality Improvement
Office of Accountability
District of Columbia Department of Mental Health
609 H Street, NE, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002-4347
(202) 673-2255, Office