2002 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Conference Report)

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Plan for Access to Children's Services (language only)

Item 329 #4c

Item 329 #4c

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

Page 262, line 45, after "Services", insert ", the Department of Juvenile Justice".
Page 262, line 48, strike "and".
Page 262, line 48, after "Units," insert:
"and representatives from community policy and management teams representing various regions of the Commonwealth".
Page 262, line 51, after "children", insert ", including juvenile offenders,".
Page 262, line 52, after "health", insert ", substance abuse,".
Page 262, line 57, after "improvement.", insert:
"The plan shall also examine funding restrictions of the Comprehensive Services Act which impede rural localities from developing local programs for children who are often referred to private day and residential treatment facilities for services and make recommendations regarding how rural localities can improve prevention, intervention, and treatment for high-risk children and families, with the goal of broadening treatment options and improving quality and cost effectiveness.  The Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services shall report the plan to the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees by June 30 of each year."

(This amendment requires inclusion of juvenile offenders in the plan for services for mentally disabled children. Added language establishes a reporting requirement. Language is also added to broaden the scope of a integrated policy and plan for improving children's access to mental health and mental retardation treatment services, and services provided under the Comprehensive Services Act. Local community policy and management teams (CPMTs) from various regions are also included in the development of the plan.)