2018 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Carrico
Interagency Workgroup for Medication Assisted Treatment (language only)

Item 281 #5s

Item 281 #5s

Health and Human Resources
Secretary of Health and Human Resources


Page 236 line 7, prior to "1." insert "A".

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"B.1.  The Secretary of Health and Human Resources and the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security shall convene an interagency workgroup comprised of representatives of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, the Department of Medical Assistance Services, the Department of Health, the Department of Social Services, and the Department of Corrections to ensure that the funding in paragraph EE in Item 312 of this act is spent effectively and to improve collaboration and coordination between agencies with respect to medication assisted treatment for individuals with substance use disorder who are addicted to opioids and are (i) on probation; (ii) in an institution, prison, or jail; or (iii) not able for clinical or other reasons to participate in buprenorphine or methadone based drug treatment regimens.  The workgroup shall meet on a quarterly basis.  The workgroup shall invite the participation of, and include in its discussions, representatives of local governments, jails, community services boards, health care providers, and private sector stakeholders with an interest in and knowledge of medication assisted treatment regimens, including non-narcotic regimens.

2.  The workgroup shall provide a status report on actions taken to improve medication assisted treatment programs funded pursuant to paragraph EE in Item 312 of this act and on the effectiveness of the coordination between the agencies, local governments, sheriffs, community services boards, and the other stakeholders. The report shall be provided to the Governor and the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees no later than November 15 of each year."


(This amendment directs the Secretary of Health and Human Resources and the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security to create an interagency task- force on medication assistance treatment.)