2005 Session

Budget Amendments - SB700 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Edwards
Mental Health Courts Initiative

Item 334 #14s

Item 334 #14s

First Year - FY2005 Second Year - FY2006
Health And Human Resources
Grants To Localities FY2005 $30,000 FY2006 $400,000 GF
FY2005 0.00 FY2006 6.00 FTE

Page 327, line 34, strike "$230,576,495" and insert "$230,606,495".
Page 327, line 34, strike "$232,879,878" and insert "$233,279,878".
Page 330, after line 3, insert:
"R.  Out of this appropriation, $30,000 the first year and $400,000 the second year from the general fund is
for the Commissioner to develop and fund, in conjunction with the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia and designated Virginia Community Services Boards and affected local government agencies, two pilot mental health court programs.  Consideration shall be given to the Norfolk Circuit Court as a resource and potential pilot site for any mental health court program to be established through this process, both as a recipient of resources, and as a training site for any selected locality.   Each pilot mental health court program shall (i) be developed and maintained in a manner that conforms with and is faithful to established national standards for programs of this type, and (ii) include a comprehensive outcome evaluation component.  In selecting localities for these pilot programs, in addition to the aforementioned considerations, preference should be given to those localities having the greatest relative need and sufficient community inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment resources to respond to the needs of program consumers.  The Department shall provide a progress report to the Joint Commission on Health Care by December 31, 2005, and by October 31, 2006."

(This amendment provides funding and staff to create two pilot mental health court programs.)