2008 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Committee Approved)

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Auxiliary Grants for Pilot House Program for MH Consumers (language only)

Item 282 #2h

Item 282 #2h

Health And Human Resources
Health and Human Resources, Secretary of

Page 250, after line 7, insert:
"C.  The Secretary of Health and Human Resources, in cooperation with the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services and the Department of Social Services, shall identify and report on the specific programmatic, regulatory and statutory changes that would be required to develop and implement a pilot housing program to allow for the portability of auxiliary grants to pay for housing of consumers who receive case management services from a community services board or behavioral health authority and who are currently receiving auxiliary grants. The report shall include detailed information on eligibility, the number of consumers to be served, financing, program monitoring and quality assuance, as well as information on the roles and responsibilities of state agencies, community services boards, local departments of social services, and local governments in determining eligibility, administering the program, providing case management and other support services, and the continued provision of financial support through local matching funds.  The programmatic framework shall be developed to be budget neutral.  The Secretary shall provide the report to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 1, 2008."

(This amendment directs the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to provide a report on the specific programmatic, regulatory and statutory changes needed to develop and implement a budget neutral housing program on a pilot basis which would allow mentally disabled consumers to use Auxiliary Grant payments for housing arrangements other than assisted living facilities.)