2014 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - SB5003 (Committee Approved)

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Court Services Units Mental Health Services

Item 404 #1s

Item 404 #1s

First Year - FY2015 Second Year - FY2016
Public Safety
Juvenile Justice, Department of FY2015 $800,000 FY2016 $1,600,000 GF
FY2015 8.00 FY2016 16.00 FTE

Page 331, line 25, strike "$57,665,089" and insert "$58,465,089".
Page 331, line 25, strike "$57,727,589" and insert "$59,327,589".
Page 331, line 36, strike "B." and insert "B.1.".
Page 331, following line 40, insert:
"2. Included in the appropriation for this Item is $800,000 the first year and $1,600,000 the second year from the general fund to support up to one qualified mental health professional for selected court services units (CSU) for the purposes of conducting mental health, substance abuse, and/or trauma screenings, assessments, and evaluations, and providing treatment services.  The CSUs shall be afforded the flexibility to hire for the position(s) or to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with their local Community Services Board (CSB).  The Department of Juvenile Justice shall develop a plan to ensure continuation of mental health and substance abuse treatment services and to ensure that each qualified mental health professional has appropriate supervision requirements pursuant to licensing regulations.  The Department shall work with the Department of Medical Assistance Services to encourage CSUs to apply for Medicaid reimbursement for eligible services and expenditures.  Beginning November 1, 2014, the Department shall report program information and outcome data annually to the Virginia Commission on Youth, the Secretary of Public Safety, the Department of Planning and Budget, and the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees."

(This amendment provides $800,000 and eight positions the first year and $1,600,000 and 16 positions the second year for mental health services for the juvenile court services units. This is a recommendation of the study conducted by the Virginia Commission on Youth on the mental health needs of juvenile offenders.)