A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO DEVELOP AND REPORT ON STRATEGIES AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVING THE DELIVERY OF MENTAL HEALTH, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.
Requires the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to report to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services and the Fiscal Research Division by November 1, 2014, on eight specified components, including a strategy for improving communication and coordination among all divisions administering funds or programs related to the delivery of behavioral health services, a plan ensuring that a comprehensive array of outpatient treatment and crisis prevention and intervention services are available and accessible to children, adolescents, and adults in every LME/MCO catchment area, and a status update on the implementation of each component of the 2008 Mental Health Commission Workforce Development Plan.
Requires DHHS to report to the House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, Senate Appropriations Committee on Health and Human Services, the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services, and the Fiscal Research Division by March 1, 2015, on (1) a comprehensive strategy to address the dearth of licensed child and adolescent inpatient psychiatric beds and (2) recommendations for meaningful outcome measures for implementation by state-operated alcohol and drug abuse treatment centers to assess the impact of inpatient treatment on substance use following discharge.
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