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Chief Patron: Watts
Appalachian Telemental Health Pilot Program

Item 312 #2h

Item 312 #2h

First Year - FY2019 Second Year - FY2020
Health and Human Resources
Grants to Localities FY2019 $1,100,000 FY2020 $1,100,000 GF

Language
Page 289, line 11, strike "$436,026,655" and insert "$437,126,655".
Page 289, line 11, strike "$436,626,367" and insert "$437,726,367".

Page 292, after line 52, insert:

"KK. Out of this appropriation, $1,100,000 the first year and $1,100,000 the second year from the general fund is provided to establish the Appalachian Telemental Health Initiative, a telemental health pilot program."



Explanation

(This amendment provides $1.1 million from the general fund each year to establish the Appalachian Telemental Health Initiative, a telemental health pilot program to increase the availability of telemental health services in emergency settings in Southwest Virginia. Funding would be used to establish a telemental health provider directory, make training available for a broad spectrum of mental health providers, develop the technology infrastructure and support, and extending an evidence-based program focused on managing patients with addiction disorders. This is a recommendation of the Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services in the Commonwealth in the 21st Century.)