2024 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Conference Report)

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Guidelines for Collaborative Care Model (language only)

Item 288 #11c

Item 288 #11c

Health and Human Resources
Department of Medical Assistance Services


Page 348, after line 43, insert:

"WWWW. The Department of Medical Assistance Services shall develop guidelines for a statewide Collaborative Care Model program. The department shall submit a report on progress developing and implementing the guidelines annually by October 1 to the Joint Commission on Health Care and the Chairs of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance and Appropriations Committees."


(This amendment directs the Department of Medical Assistance Services to develop program guidelines for the Collaborative Care Model, in which behavioral health services are delivered in primary care practices. This amendment is a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Health Care (JCHC) and supported by findings from a 2023 JCHC report including that Virginia primary care practices’ need for integrating behavioral health services is growing, but practices are struggling to meet the demand without additional resources. Health care professionals consistently indicated that limited insurance coverage for integrated primary care was a significant barrier to increase these services for patients in their practices, and, in 2023, Virginia was one of 26 states that had not yet implemented Medicaid coverage of the Collaborative Care Model.)