Currently, certain entities that provide behavioral health services must hold various licenses issued by the department of public health and environment (DPHE) or the department of human services (DHS). The bill combines the various licenses into a single license as a behavioral health entity (BHE) and authorizes the state board of health to promulgate rules for the new license.
To accomplish the transition, the bill establishes a behavioral health entity implementation and advisory committee consisting of executive directors of certain state departments, or the director's designee, and representatives from various stakeholder groups.
The bill requires a BHE that was previously licensed by DPHE to obtain a BHE license by July 1, 2022. It requires a BHE that was previously licensed or approved by DHS to obtain a BHE license by July 1, 2024.
The bill makes conforming amendments, some of which have later effective dates.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)