Montana State Legislature

SJR 14: Mental Health Study

SJR 14: Adult Mental Health System
Study Materials (By Meeting)

Senate Joint Resolution 14 requested a study of the publicly funded mental health system for adults. The committee began its study in September 2021 by learning about how adults become eligible for services in the publicly funded system, the types of services that are available to them, and how changes in the state budget in recent years have affected those services. 

In November 2021, the committee heard about the different types of practitioners who provide mental health services. Members also learned about the types of entities that provide services and the types of patients they serve. In addition, they heard about mental health crisis services and heard from providers and consumers alike about the gaps, needs, and opportunities for the mental health system, including the opportunity for a potentially new provider model known as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic, or CCBHC.

In January 2022, the committee heard in more detail about the CCBHC model and about short-term and long-term crisis stabilization services and availability. Members also learned about the education and training opportunities and incentives for mental health providers as well as about workforce issues.

In March 2022, members asked for a bill draft that would put in a place a professional licensing reciprocity law for behavioral health care providers, similar to a law approved in Arizona. The committee reviewed the draft and took public comment on the bill draft in May, before deciding to advance it for continued consideration during the interim. Members also requested a bill draft to implement the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) model in Montana.

At the June 2022 meeting, members approved the license reciprocity bill as a committee bill for introduction in the 2023 legislative session. In August 2022, they received additional information about  making Medicaid coverage for CCBHC services mandatory or optional and approved SJR 14-2b as a committee bill for introduction in the 2023 legislative session.

A final report for the 2021-2022 interim summarizes the committee's work on this study, as well as studies of the children's mental health system and the involuntary commitment of people with dementia.

Meeting Materials: August 26, 2022

Meeting Materials: June 27, 2022

Meeting Materials: May 13, 2022

Meeting Materials: January 20-21, 2022

Meeting Materials: November 15-16, 2021

Meeting Materials: September 22, 2021

Meeting Materials; June 16, 2021

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