2012 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB1301 (Conference Report)

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Provide Funds for Children's Psychiatry & Crisis Response Services

Item 315 #1c

Item 315 #1c

First Year - FY2013 Second Year - FY2014
Health And Human Resources
Grants To Localities FY2013 $1,500,000 FY2014 $1,750,000 GF

Page 243, line 40, strike "$346,271,560" and insert "$347,771,560".
Page 243, line 40, strike "$316,321,560" and insert "$318,071,560".
Page 245, after line 53, insert:
"U.  Out of this appropriation, $1,500,000 the first year and $1,750,000 the second year from the general fund shall be used to provide child psychiatry and children’s crisis response services for children with mental health and behavioral disorders. These funds, divided among the health planning regions based on the current availability of the services, shall be used to hire or contract with child psychiatrists who can provide direct clinical services, including crisis response services, as well as training and consultation with other children’s health care providers in the health planning region such as general practitioners, pediatricians, nurse practitioners, and community service boards staff, to increase their expertise in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of children with mental health disorders. Funds may also be used to create new or enhance existing community-based crisis response services in a health planning region, including mobile crisis teams and crisis stabilization services, with the goal of diverting children from inpatient psychiatric hospitalization to less restrictive services in or near their communities.  The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services shall report on the use and impact of this funding to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees beginning on October 1, 2013 and each year thereafter."

(This amendment provides $1.5 million the first year and $1.8 million the second year from the general fund to provide regional funding for child psychiatry and children's crisis response services. Budget language allocates funding to health planning regions based on the availability of services with a report on the use and impact of funding due annually beginning in 2013.)