2024 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Watts
Initial and Ongoing Assessment of State Hospital Staffing Levels

Item 302 #3h

Item 302 #3h

First Year - FY2025 Second Year - FY2026
Health and Human Resources
Mental Health Treatment Centers FY2025 $250,000 FY2026 $0 GF

Page 373, line 38, strike "$202,691,678" and insert "$202,941,678".

Page 374, after line 29, insert:

"I. Out of this appropriation, $250,000 the first year from the general fund is provided for the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) to contract for (i) an assessment of the adequacy of each hospital's planned and actual staffing levels for key positions affecting facility operations, patient and staff safety, and quality of care; and (ii) the development of a methodology, customized by DBHDS, to allow DBHDS to conduct future assessments on its own on a biennial basis. DBHDS shall report the results of the initial assessment to the Behavioral Health Commission and any additional funding need to address any staffing level deficiencies to the Chairs of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance and Appropriations Committees no later than December 1, 2024. DBHDS shall report the results of its biennial assessments to the Behavioral Health Commission no later than November 1, beginning in the calendar year 2026."


(This amendment is self-explanatory.)