2021 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1800 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Coyner
Clarify Eligibility for Medication Assisted Treatment (language only)

Item 322 #5h

Item 322 #5h

Health and Human Resources
Grants to Localities


Page 405, line 32, after "treatment",  insert:

"including associated medical or patient support services,".

Page 405, line 35, after "regimens.",  insert:

"In expending any amount, the department shall prioritize allocation of the funding to any portion of medication assisted treatment or medication assisted treatment services that are not covered by insurance."

Page 405, line 35, strike "The department shall".

Page 405, strike lines 36 through 39 and insert:

"The department shall ensure that a portion of the funding received by a Community Services Board or Behavioral Health Authority is used for non-narcotic, non-addictive, prescription drug treatment regimens for individuals who are in need of medication assisted treatment and support services while incarcerated and upon their release to the community."


(This amendment modifies language in the introduced budget related to medication assisted treatment. The language narrows the provision of who should receive a portion of the funding (for injectable naltrexone) to incarcerated individuals and those seeking re-entry. The language has always required that jails, prisons and institutions receive a portion of the money, but with new mandates on sheriffs, this funding is most critical to them. Further the prisons (because of legal prohibitions) and institutions have never utilized the funding, so they will not experience a loss. The language also clarifies that the funding can be used for medication assisted related services and clarifies that allocation of the funding should be prioritized to those who are not otherwise insured.)