An Act To Support Early Intervention and Treatment of Mental Health Disorders
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, coordinated specialty care programs exist in the State that could treat more individuals suffering from psychotic disorders but lack a funding mechanism; and
Whereas, early treatment of symptoms of psychotic disorders prevent the onset of advanced mental illness and should begin as soon as possible; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 34-B MRSA c. 16 is enacted to read:
EARLY INTERVENTION FOR PSYCHOTIC DISORDERS
§ 16001. Definitions
As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.
§ 16002. Coordinated specialty care
No later than January 1, 2020, the department, in cooperation with the Department of Education and the Department of Labor, shall establish a funding mechanism to reimburse for the treatment of individuals within the first 3 years of onset of a psychotic disorder using the coordinated specialty care model. Services provided as part of coordinated specialty care include, but are not limited to, the following:
§ 16003. Evaluation
The department shall ensure that an organization providing coordinated specialty care provides program evaluation assessments to the department, including external ratings of fidelity to the coordinated specialty care model and reports of clinical and functional outcomes.
§ 16004. Rulemaking
The department may adopt rules to accomplish the requirements of this chapter. Rules adopted pursuant to this section are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
Sec. 2. Federal approval. The Department of Health and Human Services shall submit any necessary applications to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for waiver or state plan amendments to implement the coordinated specialty care services established under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 34-B, chapter 16. The department shall maximize coverage of services under the MaineCare program and private insurance.
Sec. 3. Community mental health services block grant. The Department of Health and Human Services shall seek federal funding from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration through the community mental health services block grant to cover services provided pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 34-B, chapter 16 that are not otherwise covered by the MaineCare program or private insurance. The community mental health services block grant funding may be used in any other manner allowable under federal law to establish and support coordinated specialty care services.
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a funding mechanism and reimbursement rate for the treatment of individuals showing early signs of a psychotic disorder using a coordinated specialty care model. Services must be evidence-based and treat both the individual and the family. The Department of Health and Human Services is directed to establish a funding mechanism to reimburse for the treatment of individuals in cooperation with the Department of Education and the Department of Labor. The Department of Health and Human Services is directed to apply to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for any necessary waivers and state plan amendments and to seek federal funding under the community mental health services block grant.