2002 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Conference Report)

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Task Force to Implement Olmstead Recommendations (language only)

Item 329 #18c

Item 329 #18c

Health And Human Resources
Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services, Department of

Page 263, after line 6, insert:
"K.  The Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services shall convene a task force to develop a plan for serving persons with disabilities that implements the recommendations of the Olmstead decision (Olmstead v. L.C., 119 S. Ct. 2176 [1999]).  The members of the task force shall represent the interests of consumers who may be impacted by the plan as well as a broad array of service providers at the state and local level.  The task force shall report regularly to the Joint Commission on Health Care and accept input from the Commission as the plan is developed.  All agencies of the Commonwealth shall provide assistance to the task force in its development of the plan, upon request.  The task force shall submit its final recommendations to the Governor, the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees, and the Chairman of the Joint Commission on Health Care by August 31, 2003."

(This amendment requires the establishment of a task force to implement recommendations from the Olmstead case regarding services for disabled persons.)