2006 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5002 (Committee Approved)

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Review MR Waiver Program (language only)

Item 302 #3h

Item 302 #3h

Health And Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of

Page 271, after line 53, insert:
The Department of Medical Assistance Services, in cooperation with the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services, the Virginia Association of Community Services Boards, the ARC of Virginia, and other stakeholders, shall jointly review the current Medicaid home- and community-based waiver for persons with mental retardation to determine how the waiver program can be improved to provide a person-centered, individualized support focus.  In conducting the review, the Department shall assess  the need to upgrade availability of therapeutic behavioral consultation, skilled nursing, medical and other specialized supports for individuals who are served through the waiver.  Also, the department shall review successful models of waiver funded community supports used by other states to serve individuals with mental retardation for potential application to Virginia.  The Department shall report on its review of the waiver program including recommendations for changes and cost implications by December 1, 2006, to the Governor and the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees."

(This language amendment requires the Department of Medical Assistance Services to work with the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services and interested stakeholders to review and make recommendations for changes to the mental retardation (MR) waiver to provide a person-centered, individualized support focus and MR waiver supportive services that better meet the needs of mentally retarded individuals who receive waiver services. Language requires a report on this review by December 1, 2006.)