2016 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Barker
Increase Psychiatric Resources

Item 315 #13s

Item 315 #13s

First Year - FY2017 Second Year - FY2018
Health and Human Resources
Grants to Localities FY2017 $3,500,000 FY2018 $3,500,000 GF

Page 282, line 4, strike "$377,140,261" and insert "$380,640,261".
Page 282, line 4, strike "$365,130,854" and insert "$368,630,854".

Page 285, after line 20, insert:

"GG.  Out of this appropriation, $3,500,000 the first year and $3,500,000 the second year from the the general fund is provided to increase the capacity of psychiatric resources across the state, including telepsychiatry."


(This amendment provides $3.5 million each year from the general fund to increase the availability of psychiatric resources in the community across the Commonwealth. Increasing access to these services will assist in avoiding unnecessary hospitalizations and improve crisis response in addition to providing such help in less restrictive environments. This funding includes support for telepsychiatry services to increase the availability of 24/7 access to a psychiatrist.)