Bill Summary for S 334 (2011-2012)
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TO APPROPRIATE ADDITIONAL FINDS FOR THE EXPANSION OF LOCAL INPATIENT PSYCHIATRIC BEDS OR BED DAYS, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ON MENTAL HEALTH, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES.Intro. by Nesbitt.
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Identical to H 84, filed 2/10/11.
Appropriates $39,121,644 from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services (Division) for the 2011-12 fiscal year to purchase 50 additional local inpatient psychiatric beds or bed days. Provides criteria for the distribution and management of the beds or bed days.
Directs that the funds be held in a statewide reserve at the Division and requires Local Management Entities (LME) to remit claims for payment to the Division. Provides criteria governing the responsibilities of the LMEs and the evaluation of an LME's management of the beds or bed days for which it is responsible. Prohibits the use of the appropriated funds to supplant other funds that are available or otherwise appropriated for the purchase of psychiatric inpatient services under contract with community hospitals, including beds or bed days being purchased through Hospital Utilization Pilot funds appropriated in SL 2007-323. Requires the Department to submit a report no later than March 1, 2011, to specified legislative committees and subcommittees regarding a uniform system for the beds or bed days purchased (1) with local funds, (2) from existing state appropriations, (3) under the Hospital Utilization Pilot, and (4) purchased using funds appropriated under this act.
Effective July 1, 2011.