2023 Special Session I

Budget Bill - HB6001 (Enrolled)

Behavioral Health Commission

Item 33

Item 33

First Year - FY2023Second Year - FY2024
Health Research, Planning, and Coordination (40600)$608,507$608,507
Behavioral Health Policy Research (40610)FY2023 $608,507FY2024 $608,507
Fund Sources:  
GeneralFY2023 $608,507FY2024 $608,507

Authority: Title 30, Chapter 63, Code of Virginia.

The Behavioral Health Commission shall conduct a study of how to maximize school-based mental health services across the Commonwealth. The Commission shall form a task force of local school administrators, school-based mental health professionals, community-based mental health professionals in public and private settings, teachers, students, and parents as well as relevant stakeholders from the Departments of Medical Assistance Services, Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and Education to evaluate the current reach of school-based mental health services and to identify strategies to connect mental health clinical interventions (Tier 2 and Tier 3) to school settings. The Commission shall consider opportunities to align Medicaid-funded behavioral health services included in Project BRAVO and school-initiated services that will be newly eligible under the “free care rule" implementation. In addition, the Commission shall provide relevant information related to the role of qualified mental health professionals eligible to provide these services and opportunities to identify where they can be appropriately included and compensated to meet student mental health needs. Other initiatives, such as youth peer support specialists, recovery high schools, and school-based health centers shall be included as well. The Commission shall make recommendations about strategies to implement and expand school-based mental health services by December 1, 2023.