2015 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1400 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Watts
Report on Treatment of Brain Injury (language only)

Item 307 #3h

Item 307 #3h

Health and Human Resources
Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, Department of

Page 287, after line 3, insert:
"N. Beginning October 1, 2015, the Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services shall provide quarterly reports to the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees on the numbers of individuals with acquired brain injury exhibiting behavioral/mental health problems requiring services in state mental health facilities and/or community services boards. The reports shall provide the following information: (i) the general fund and nongeneral fund cost of the services provided to individuals; and (ii) the types and amounts of services received by these individuals.

(This amendment requires the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) to report on the numbers and costs of individuals being treated in state facilities or community services boards. Virginians with acquired brain injury and behavioral health/psychiatric/substance use disorders have difficulty accessing the public safety net services administered through DBHDS. In some regions, these individuals are categorically denied treatment even in crisis because they have an acquired brain injury associated with their psychiatric or other symptoms. Reporting by DBHDS on numbers of individuals seeking services and receiving them may be useful in determining the gap in services.)