The bill amends existing programs that provide access to substance use disorder treatment to pregnant and parenting women. The bill creates child care pilot programs for parenting women engaged in substance use disorder treatment. The bill:
- Defines "parenting women" as women up to one year postpartum who are in need of substance use disorder services;
- Encourages health care practitioners and county human or social services departments to identify pregnant women and parenting women for a needs assessment to determine needed services;
- Authorizes the department to use state money to provide residential substance use disorder treatment to pregnant and parenting women until such time as those services are covered under the state program of medical assistance, and authorizes the department of health care policy and financing to seek federal changes to permit treatment for this population, if necessary;
- Creates the high-risk families cash fund (cash fund) for the office of behavioral health in the department of human services to provide services to high-risk parents, including pregnant and parenting women, and for services for high-risk children and youth with behavioral health disorders. Further, money in the cash fund may be used to increase treatment capacity.
- Requires the state treasurer to transfer to the cash fund any unencumbered and unexpended money appropriated annually to certain programs listed in the bill, and requires annual reporting on the use of money from the cash fund;
- Creates the child care services and substance use disorder treatment pilot program (pilot program) as a two-generation initiative in the department of human services;
- Awards pilot program grants to enhance existing child care resource and referral programs and increase child care navigation capacity in one urban and one rural site to serve pregnant and parenting women seeking or participating in substance use disorder treatment;
- Awards pilot program grants to enhance the capacity of the existing child care resource and referral program's centralized call center to serve pregnant and parenting women with a substance use disorder;
- Awards pilot program grants to pilot a regional mobile child care model to serve young children of parenting women in substance use disorder treatment;
- Requires an annual appropriation of $500,000 for 3 fiscal years for the pilot program, and requires annual reporting to the general assembly concerning the pilot program. Any money not expended for the pilot program will be transferred to the high-risk families cash fund.
- Prohibits the admission into evidence in criminal proceedings information relating to substance use during pregnancy, with certain exceptions, that is obtained as part of providing postpartum care for up to one year postpartum or disclosed while women are seeking or participating in behavioral health treatment.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)