ARMHS Certification Process

Starting an ARMHS clinic is a 3 phase process that usually takes 10-18 months to be capable of providing services for all 6 main insurance providers.

* All information shared below is based on Apollo’s individual experience with ARMHS, and may not reflect official ARMHS statutory or industry standards. Apollo is not liable for any losses incurred based on this information. Please contact either DHS and/or the relevant insurance providers directly to obtain official information about the process of starting an ARMHS Clinic.

Phase 1: Setting up your business.

  1. Register your business with the MN Secretary of State
  2. Set up your Federal Tax Identification Number (FEIN)
  3. Set up your MN State Tax ID

Phase 2: Applying for ARMHS Certification from MN Department of Human Services (DHS)

  1. Set up your organization’s NPI2
  2. Hire a Treatment Supervisor
  3. Owners attend the MN-Trainlink class: ARMHS – ADMINISTRATIVE MH131A
  4. Treatment Supervisor Completes All Trainlink Pre-Requisites prior to attending the MN Trainlink ARMHS – CLINICAL MH131C
  5. Submit DHS-7181 Application
    1. Fill out general business information
    2. Fill out Treatment Supervisor information
    3. Attach Sections A-C: Administrative Attachments
    4. Attach Section D: Mock File
  6. Receive your DHS “ARMHS First Approval” letter after application approval.
  7. Submit applications to the MN counties where your business intends to provide ARMHS.
  8. Receive certification letter from at least 1 county
  9. Receive your DHS “ARMHS Final Approval” letter

Phase 3: Applying for Contracts and Credentialling with Insurance Providers

  1. Obtain General Liability Insurance in the amount of “1 million per incident / 3 million per year”
  2. State Medical Assistance – (Required for all ARMHS Providers)
    1. Complete the MHCP Application for both your Company and Treatment Supervisor
    2. Pay the MHCP Application Fee (Currently $688* subject to change per DHS)
    3. Pass the OIG unannounced Site visit
    4. Upon successful completion of the OIG Site visit, your company will receive MHCP Approval and it’s MN-ITS login to access Medical Assistance (Straight MA)
  3. Insurances in the Metro
    1. Blue Cross Blue Shield
    2. Health Partners
    3. Hennepin Health – (Metro only)
    4. Optum/Medica/United Health
    5. UCare
  4. Insurances in Greater Minnesota
    1. Itasca Medical Care – (Itasca County only)
    2. Prime West Health – (South East MN only)
    3. South County Health Alliance – (Greater MN only)