A joint resolution of the Senate and the House of Representatives of the state of montana requesting an interim study of montana's publicly funded mental health system; and requiring that the final results of the study be reported to the 68th Legislature.
WHEREAS, people experiencing mental health crisis frequently come into contact with law enforcement, the justice system, and the facilities operated by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services; and
WHEREAS, the expansion of the Medicaid program to cover adults without dependent children with an income at or below 138% of the federal poverty level has provided more than 90,000 Montanans with coverage of mental health and substance use treatment services; and
WHEREAS, the Montana Legislature has continued to make changes to the mental health system by adding peer support as a Medicaid-covered service, establishing a pilot project for mobile crisis response, and revising statutes related to community treatment facilities; and
WHEREAS, the state federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has recently approved certified behavioral health centers that will alter the funding methodologies for some behavioral health services awarded grants for certified community behavioral health clinics in Montana and it is not clear what the long-term funding implications of that model will be; and
That the Legislative Council be requested to designate an appropriate interim committee or statutory committee, pursuant to section 5-5-217, MCA, to undertake a comprehensive review of the elements of Montana's publicly funded mental health system to determine:
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the study include input from appropriate stakeholders, including but not limited to representatives of the Department of Public Health and Human Services, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Military Affairs, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, hospitals, community mental health centers, federally qualified community health centers, individual mental health providers, sheriffs, county attorneys, health insurance companies, clinical provider associations, and organizations that advocate for people with mental illness and substance use disorders.
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