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    The Behavioral Health Administration’s regulations are included in COMAR Title 10, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Subtitles:

    ​COMAR 10.63 Proposed Regulations Draft


    The Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) is pleased to offer an opportunity to provide feedback on draft language under COMAR 10.63 Community-Based Behavioral Health Programs and Services. This feedback will be considered for future revisions prior to the formal regulation promulgation process. Please provide feedback by July 30, 2020, to bha.regulations@maryland.gov​. When submitting feedback, please include the regulation number (e.g., 10.63.03).

    COMAR 10.63 Community-Based Behavioral Health Programs and services Proposed Draft Regulations:


    • 10.63.01 Requirements for All Licensed Programs Word Doc   PDF
    • 10.63.02 Programs Required to Be Accredited in Order to be Licensed to Provide Community-Based Behavioral Health Services Word Doc  PDF
    • 10.63.03  Descriptions and Criteria for Programs and Services Required to Have an Accreditation-Based License  Word Doc  PDF
    • 10.63.04  Additional Requirements for Accreditation-Based Licenses for Specific Residential Community-Based Behavioral Health Services  Word Doc  PDF
    • 10.63.05  Descriptions and Criteria for Programs Requiring a Non-Accreditation-Based License​  Word Doc   PDF
    • 10.63.06  Application and Licensure Process Word Doc  PDF
    • 10.63.XX New Chapter Civil Money Penalty Word Doc​  PDF​

    If you have any questions about the submission process, please contact Lisa N. Fassett at lisa.fassett1@maryland.gov.​​​

    For a complete list of regulations scheduled for repeal under subtitles 21 and 47, please click here.


    ”Variance” means a temporary alternative approved by the Behavioral Health Administration to satisfy the intent of a regulatory mandate. 

    The Behavioral Health Administration:
    • may not grant a variance that would endanger the health or safety of the individuals served;
    • does not have the authority to grant a variance for any accreditation standard; and
    • does not have the authority to grant a variance for COMAR 10.09 regarding the reimbursement of services through Medicaid.


    Contact Us

    For questions regarding regulations or variances, please contact:

    Lisa N. Fassett
    Policy and Regulations Analyst
    Office of Government Affairs and Communications