A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT Generally revising laws related to SUPPORTING SCHOOL-BASED MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION AND WELLNESS PROGRAMS; UTILIZING EXISTING REVENUE FROM ALCOHOL TAXES ALLOCATED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES FOR GRANTS FOR SCHOOL-BASED MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION AND WELLNESS PROGRAMS; Providing a statutory appropriation; AMENDING SECTION 53-24-108, MCA; and PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE."
"53-24-108. Use of funds generated by taxation on alcoholic beverages. (1) Revenue generated by 16-1-404, 16-1-406, and 16-1-411 and allocated to the department to be used in state-approved private or public programs whose function is the treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of alcoholism, which for the purposes of this section includes chemical dependency, must be distributed as follows:
(a) 20% is statutorily appropriated, as provided in 17-7-502, to be allocated as provided in 53-24-206(3)(b), and must be distributed as grants to state-approved private or public alcoholism programs;
(b) 6.6% is statutorily appropriated, as provided in 17-7-502, to be distributed to state-approved private or public alcoholism programs that provide services for treatment and rehabilitation for persons with co-occurring serious mental illness and chemical dependency; and
(3) In addition to funding received under this section, a person operating a state-approved alcoholism program may accept gifts, bequests, or the donation of services or money for the treatment, rehabilitation, or prevention of alcoholism.
(4) A person receiving funding under this section to support operation of a state-approved alcoholism program may not refuse alcoholism treatment, rehabilitation, or prevention services to a person solely because of that person's inability to pay for those services.
(a) The grant application must contain an estimate of all program income, including income from earned fees, gifts, bequests, donations, and grants from other than state sources during the period for which grant support is sought.
(6) Revenue generated by 16-1-404, 16-1-406, and 16-1-411 for the treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of alcoholism that has not been encumbered for those purposes by the counties of Montana or the department must be returned to the state special revenue fund for the treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of alcoholism within 30 days after the close of each fiscal year and must be distributed by the department the following year as provided in 53-24-206(3)(b)."
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