After about ten years of implementation some fine tuning is needed for the Mental Health Services Act to better achieve its goals
This Thursday May 26th the Little Hoover Commission will hold its second hearing on the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). At issue is its conclusion that state officials have not implemented the recommendations they made in January 2015.
At the same time legislators are taking unprecedented steps to earmark funds (Senate No Place Like Home budget proposal; AB 2017 McCarty – College Students; AB 2279 – Fiscal Reporting). CCCBHA and I support these efforts and join other stakeholders in recognizing the need for some fine tuning of this act.
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April 11 – Governor signs AB 847 (Mullin) – Funding for Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers
- 30% increase in federal matching funds for outpatient behavioral health
- Improved and streamlined way to receive federal funds
- Counties must elect to participate and be certified by state
- State must be selected as a participating state; odds are good that this will happen
- Lots of work between now and October 31 Deadline for submittal of the state plan
AB 847 appropriates $1 million to enable DHCS to develop a California proposal to participate in the federal Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers (CCBHC) program.
California is one of 24 states receiving a planning grant in October 2015 to develop a proposal to submit in October of 2016. Under current federal law, eight states will be selected to begin a two year demonstration program. These programs will show that increased federal investment in outpatient behavioral health will pay for itself in reduced physical health and behavioral health inpatient and other costs.
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