2019 Session

Budget Amendments - SB1100 (Committee Approved)

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Plan for Behavioral Health Services Realignment (language only)

Item 303 #12s

Item 303 #12s

Health and Human Resources
Department of Medical Assistance Services


Page 342, after line 27, insert:

"YYY.1.  The Department of Medical Assistance Services shall work with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and stakeholders to develop a plan for implementation of the continuum of evidence-based, trauma-informed, and cost-effective mental health services recommended by the University of Colorado Farley Center for Health Policy. The continuum shall include Community Mental Health Rehabilitation Services (including Early Intervention Services) and integrated behavioral health in primary care and school settings.

2. The department shall include in the plan: (i) changes to medical necessity criteria; (ii) services covered; (iii) provider qualifications; (iv) reimbursement methodologies and rates for Community Mental Health and Rehabilitation Services; (v) the fiscal impact of proposed changes; and (vi) a timeline assuming an implementation date beginning on July 1, 2020. The department shall work with its actuary to model the fiscal impact of the proposed continuum.

3.  The Department of Medical Assistance Services and Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services shall submit the plan to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees by no later than October 1, 2019."


(This amendment adds language directing the development of a plan for the realignment of Medicaid behavioral health services to ensure the system supports evidence-based, trauma-information, prevention-focused and cost-effective services for individuals served across the lifespan.)