2020 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Carr
Medicaid Peer Recovery Services (language only)

Item 313 #20h

Item 313 #20h

Health and Human Resources
Department of Medical Assistance Services


Page 321, after line 18, insert:

"GGGG.  The Department of Medical Assistance Services shall have emergency authority to review and amend 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 will 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 Peers Speaking UP for Mental Health Recovery (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)."


(This amendment adds language providing authority for the agency to review and amend regulations related to peer recovery services and convene a stakeholder group to look at barriers to providing the services.)