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Program Description

‘Avatar’ is the Electronic Health Record (EHR) system developed by Netsmart, Inc. and used by San Francisco Community Behavioral Health Services (CBHS). Both Civil Service providers and Community Based Organizations enter clinical and service information into Avatar such as assessments, treatment plans, progress notes, and medications. In addition, Avatar captures client health insurance information required to produce claims to Medicare, Medi-Cal and other insurers, and to support managed care functions.

The Avatar User Support webpage is dedicated to providing information to help people use the Avatar system correctly and efficiently. For further assistance, contact the Avatar HelpDesk at (415)255-3788 from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday or via e-mail to Avatarhelp@sfdph.org

Training Videos

Avatar Help Desk on Vimeo

Training Schedules

Avatar  March 2017

Avatar  April 2017

Avatar  May 2017



Certification and Verification for Staff ID – Licensed/Waivered/Registered/Certified Staff

Certification and Verification for Staff ID – Attestation for Non-Licensed Staff

User Agreement for Confidentiality, Data Security and Electronic Signature

Instructions for Professional Suffix

Substance Use Disorder Counselor Certification Organizations

MH and SUD Staffing Qualifications for Service and Billing Privileges

CBHS Computer Account and Training Request Form

Avatar Correction Request Form

Avatar Correction Procedure



DHCS MH Outpatient Dx 2016

DHCS SUD Dx 2016

DSM 5 Avatar Presentation

Web Connect

End User Guide

Technical Guide

User Guides

Adult/Older Adult Assessments

AOA MH TPOC Instructions 02-11-16

AOA PURQC User Guide

ASI Input

Avatar Reports Manual 07-18-16

CalOMS Forms and Workflow

CalOMS Correction Procedures

Change Admission Date

CYF TPOC Instructions 07-20-15

Delete or Reassign To Do Item

Edit Service Information

MH Admission Outpatient Bundle

Performance Objectives Manual 05-26-16

Progress Notes - Group

Progress Notes - Individual

Residential Forms and Workflow

Residential Workflow Diagram

SA Admission OP Bundles

Timely Access User Guide

Transfer Practitioner Caseload and Refresh Caseload

Web Connect Virtual Token Instructions 06-09-16

Workflow for Supervising Clinicians

CANS Documentation

CANS 0-4 Year Old Scoring Manual (same manual that appears on CANStraining.com site)

CANS 5-18 Year Old Scoring Manual (English; same manual that appears on CANStraining.com site)

CANS 5-18 Year Old Scoring Manual (Español)

CANS Initial Assessment Entry in Avatar

CANS Treatment Plan Entry in Avatar (New Version 4/21/2011)

CANS Treatment Plan Entry in Avatar for Substance Use Treatment Providers

CANS Treatment Planning Clinical Guide

San Francisco Mental Health Plan – Private Practitioner Provider Network

2016 SFMHP PPN Fee Schedule

Billing Documentation

Avatar Billing User Bulletins
  1. Billing Bulletin – Avatar Billing Guidelines
  2. Billing Bulletin – Billing Guidelines
  3. Billing Bulletin – Documentation and Face-to-Face Time
  4. Billing Bulletin – Implementation of HIPAA 5010
  5. Billing Bulletin Medicare-Medi-Cal Issue
  6. Billing Bulletin – CBHS MH and SA Treatment Programs
  7. Billing Bulletin – Narcotic Treatment Programs (NTP) Service Code Change
  8. Billing Bulletin – NTP – New Service Codes in Methadone Maintenance
  9. Billing Bulletin – Outpatient Drug Free Programs Service Code Change
  10. Billing Bulletin – Health Plan Open Enrollment
  11. Billing Bulletin – Letter to BHS Providers regarding Medicare Clients
  12. Billing Bulletin - Handling of Patient Payment at OP and Day Treatment Programs
  13. Billing Bulletin - EGI and UMDAP 2015
  14. Billing Bulletin - MH and SUD Programs

Billing Reports Manual

Centralized Financial Eligibility Flowchart
  1. New Client CFE Process Flow
  2. Existing Client CFE Process Flow

ACA Medicaid and Exchange Aid Code List with Pre-ACA Aid Code Crosswalk

BH7019 Manual Claims Adjustment Form

Claim Remedi One-Stop Eligibility Verification Tool

Client Zipcode Update for HIPAA 5010

Clinician Disciplines

Clinician Prefix and Taxonomy Code Instructions

DHCS: MedCCC Library

DHCS: Medi-Cal (DMC) Billing Manual (Rev. 9/15)

DHCS: Medi-Cal (MH) Billing Manual (Rev. 10/13)

DHCS: SDMC – Medicare Advantage Plans (Part C)

DHCS: SDMC Procedure Code Crosswalk (Rev. 05/13)

Episode Guarantor Information Guide

Episode Guarantor Information (EGI) Refresher Training

FAQs for Centralized Financial Eligibility - Part I

FAQs for Centralized Financial Eligibility - Part II

Family Registration Guide

Financial Eligibility Guide

HMO Policy on Eligibility for Behavioral Health Services

Guarantor List

Insurance Phone List

Insurance Questions

Medi-Cal Aid Codes

Medi-Cal Claims Void and Replace Flowchart

Medi-Cal Share of Cost FAQ

Medi-Cal Share of Cost Fact Sheet

Medicare Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN)

What You Need to Know about ABN

Medicare and Mental Health Benefits

Medicare Handout 2016

Medicare Handbook (zip files) 2013 | 2014 | 2015

Memo on Uniform Patient Fee Schedule and 2016 Federal Poverty Level Guidelines

Outpatient MH Service Codes - Effective 7/1/2015

Outpatient MH Service Codes Definitions – Effective 07/01/2015

Outpatient MH Service Codes – FAQs

PFI Due Report Instructions

Place of Service Codes (updated 8/6/2015)

Service and Billing Privileges Matrix

Service Code Update - NTP

Service Code Update - ODF

SB 75 Full Scope Medi-Cal for Children

Simplified Payer Source Map

Site Cashiers’ Training Guidelines (updated 8/24/2016)

UMDAP Sliding Fee Scale

Uniform Patient Fee Schedule Update | Memo on Uniform Patient Fee Schedule and 2016 Federal Poverty Level Guidelines

OrderConnect Documentation

Avatar User Guide: Health Monitoring

Avatar User Guide: Med List

CBHS Electronic Prescribing Policy

OrderConnect User Guide - Prescribing

OrderConnect User Guide - Tab Functionality

OrderConnect Standard Reports Guide

OrderConnect FAQs

Downtime Procedures and Forms

Loss of Access to Avatar-Backup Plan

Notice of Action (NOA) Letters

Data Collection Forms