2019 Session

Budget Amendments - SB1100 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Barker
Regional Mental Health Coordination Pilot Program (language only)

Item 310 #7s

Item 310 #7s

Health and Human Resources
Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services


Page 356, after line 19, insert:

"Z.  The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services shall establish a mental health coordination pilot program in the Northern Virginia region so that public and private providers of services and advocates for those services may collectively determine how to develop the most effective and most comprehensive services for persons who need such services.  Such services shall include preventive, early intervention, outpatient, in-home, inpatient, residential, supportive, and other services. This mental health coordination pilot shall seek agreement on how the services provided can best promote mental health, help people receive services needed when they are needed, provide intensive treatment when needed, ensure that crisis care is provided, provide care management in ways that help maintain mental health, and provide the supportive services necessary for individuals with mental health needs to live fully within the community.  Participants in this pilot program shall include but not be limited to community services boards, state facilities and programs, private hospitals, partial hospitalization and crisis stabilization programs, residential treatment facilities, private community providers, criminal justice personnel, consumers and advocates for consumers, and others."


(This amendment would re-create a public and private collaborative process in Northern Virginia that existed in the last decade to better and more comprehensively address needs within the region, share responsibility for meeting those needs, and strive to have individuals with mental health needs have those needs met in ways and programs that best meet their needs in the cost effective ways.)