2018 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Garrett
Behavioral Health Transformation

Item 307 #7h

Item 307 #7h

First Year - FY2019 Second Year - FY2020
Health and Human Resources
Department of Medical Assistance Services FY2019 $150,000 FY2020 $0 GF
FY2019 $150,000 FY2020 $0 NGF

Page 278, line 50, strike "$289,665,273" and insert "$289,965,273".

Page 284, after line 22, insert:

"V.  Out of this appropriation, $150,000 from the general fund and $150,000 from federal funds shall be provided to contract with Virginia Commonwealth University for the development of a strategic plan to transform Medicaid and FAMIS behavioral health services.  The contract shall direct Virginia Community University to subcontract with the Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center at the University of Colorado School of Medicine for their expertise in developing the plan."


(This amendment provides $150,000 from the general fund and a like amount of federal Medicaid matching funds the first year as one-time funding to contract with Virginia Commonwealth University to develop a comprehensive strategic plan to transform the Medicaid/FAMIS behavioral health system. This strategic plan will redesign Medicaid and FAMIS mental health services into a more complete continuum of care in which services are evidence-based, trauma-focused, clinically necessary, preventative focused and cost effective with positive health outcomes for Medicaid and FAMIS members and their families. This funding will support research of the evidence base and trauma-focused practices for behavioral health services, focus groups with stakeholders, and the development of the strategic plan.)