2001 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1600 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Morgan
Reimburse MH Support Svs. in Assisted Living Facilities (language only)

Item 319 #32h

Item 319 #32h

Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of

Page 320, after line 4, insert:
"XX. Effective July 1, 2001, the Board of Medical Assistance Services shall amend its regulations to provide Medicaid reimbursement for mental health support services when provided in an assisted living facility by a community services board or behavioral health authority to a Medicaid-eligible individual."

(This amendment provides language to allow for the reimbursement of community services boards or behavioral health authorities that provide mental health support services to consumers in assisted living facilities. These consumers are often seriously mentally ill and a recent study by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission found that often these individuals receive inadequate mental health services. Community integration efforts are creating a greater demand for the housing of seriously mentally ill consumers in assisted living facilities, yet the existing Medicaid regulations do not allow for the reimbursement of a full level of support services needed by these consumers to remain in the community.)