2020 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5005 (Committee Approved)

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Restore Funding for Census Reduction Programs at State Psychiatric Hospitals

Item 482.20 #5h

Item 482.20 #5h

First Year - FY2021 Second Year - FY2022
Central Appropriations
Central Appropriations FY2021 $3,750,000 FY2022 $3,750,000 GF

Page 205, line 1, strike "($754,015,992)" and insert "($750,265,992)".
Page 205, line 1, strike "($1,335,540,477)" and insert "($1,331,790,477)".

Page 216,  line 18, strike "($7,500,000)" and "($7,500,000)" and insert:

"($3,750,000)" and "($3,750,000)".


(This amendment restores $3.75 million each year for census reduction programs for state-operated psychiatric hospitals that was reduced in the introduced budget. The budget passed in March contained $7.5 million each year for these programs, but funding was subsequently unallotted in April due to the pandemic and eliminated in the introduced budget. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the census of the state-operated psychiatric hospitals averaged 95 percent of their total bed capacity. Through the month of July 2020, the state operated psychiatric hospitals experienced an increase in admissions and at times exceeded their operating bed capacity. Restoration of half of this funding will assist the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services in their efforts to develop public-private partnerships to reduce the census in these facilities.)