2020 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Conference Report)

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Medicaid Peer Recovery Services (language only)

Item 313 #12c

Item 313 #12c

Health and Human Resources
Department of Medical Assistance Services


Page 321, after line 18, insert:

"GGGG.  The Department of Medical Assistance Services shall review and consider amending regulations governing the practice and requirements for peer recovery services for individuals with mental illness and/or substance use disorder. In reviewing the regulations, the department shall convene stakeholders to assess the existing barriers to providing the service and assist in the development of emergency regulations. Stakeholders shall include, but not be limited to, the Virginia Organization of Consumers Asserting Leadership  (VOCAL), Substance Abuse Addiction Recovery Alliance (SAARA), Virginia Network of Private Providers (VNPP), Mental Health America-Virginia (MHA-V), Virginia Association of Community Services Boards (VACSB), and National Alliance for Mental Illness-Virginia (NAMI-V).  The department shall have the authority to promulgate emergency regulations to implement changes that are budget neutral within 280 days or less from the enactment of this act.  The department shall submit changes that have a fiscal impact as part of the normal budget process for consideration in the 2021 Session."


(This amendment adds language directing the Department of Medical Assistance Services to review and consider amending regulations related to peer recovery services and convene a stakeholder group to look at barriers to providing the services.)