2006 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Hamilton
Involuntary Mental Commitment Reimbursements (language only)

Item 300 #1h

Item 300 #1h

Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of

Page 257, line 19, before "Any balance", insert "A."
Page 300, after line 25, insert:
"B.  Out of this appropriation, payments may be made from the Involuntary Mental commitment Fund to licensed health care providers for medical screening and assessment services provided to persons with mental illness while in emergency custody pursuant to § 37.2-808."

(This amendment adds language allowing the Department of Medical Assistance Services to reimburse qualified providers for medical assessments required for those persons in emergency custody before admission to a psychiatric unit or hospital from the Involuntary Mental Commitment Fund. Most hospitals require some medical screening and will not admit a patient unless "medical clearance" has been granted.)