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HB19-1287

Treatment For Opioids And Substance Use Disorders

Concerning methods to increase access to treatment for behavioral health disorders, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
Session:
2019 Regular Session
Subjects:
Health Care & Health Insurance
Human Services
Bill Summary

Access to behavioral health treatment - capacity tracking system - care navigation program - building substance use disorder treatment capacity in underserved communities grant program - appropriation. The act:

  • Directs the department of human services to implement a centralized, web-based behavioral health capacity tracking system to track available treatment capacity at behavioral health facilities and at programs for medication-assisted treatment and withdrawal management for substance use disorders, as well as other types of treatment;
  • Directs the department of human services to implement a care navigation program to assist individuals in obtaining access to treatment for substance use disorders, including medical detoxification and residential and inpatient treatment; and
  • Creates the building substance use disorder treatment capacity in underserved communities grant program to provide services in rural and frontier communities, prioritizing areas of the state that are unserved or underserved.

For the 2019-20 state fiscal year, the act appropriates:

  • $31,961 and 0.8 FTE to the department of health care policy and financing, executive director's office for personal services and operating expenses, with the expectation that the department will receive additional federal funding;
  • $5,589,344 and 2.5 FTE from the marijuana tax cash fund to the department of human services, office of behavioral health, for community behavioral health administration, the behavioral health capacity tracking system, the care navigation program, and the building substance use disorder treatment capacity in underserved communities grant program; and
  • $160,206 and 1.4 FTE from reappropriated funds received from the department of human services to the office of the governor for use by the office of information technology.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status

Introduced
Passed
Became Law

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