Discussion of Collaborative Management Program
COMMITTEE ON TREATMENT OF PERSONS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
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09:30 AM -- Discussion of Collaborative Management Program
Representative Singer referenced Senate Bill 16-039, concerning including a mental health professional in the memorandum of understanding relating to a local-level collaborative management process for children and families. Representative Lee discussed Park County submitting its Collaborative Management Program application after the deadline and the potential loss in funding for Park County.
Ms. Walton discussed the Park County's recent submission of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the Collaborative Management Program and the fact that the MOU was submitted nine hours late because one necessary signatory was unavailable to sign the document. She said that due to the late submission Park County could be denied funding in the amount of $80,000 to $100,000 for the year. Ms. Walton discussed the benefits of the collaborative management teams and the impacts of being denied the funding. She referenced the State Board of Human Services rule concerning the Collaborative Management Program and 2014 State Audit that addressed the Collaborative Management Program.
Dr. Robert Werthwein, Department of Human Services, discussed the 2014 audit that raised the issue of MOUs being authorized after the deadline. The audit can be accessed at: http://bit.ly/1AHReKZ. Mr. Werthwein dialogued with the committee about the State Board of Human Services rule concerning the Collaborative Management Program MOU application process. Mr. Werthwein responded to questions from the committee about the audit and need for specified deadlines for the MOU applications. Committee discussion about the department's process for reviewing rules, the audit, and the MOU process continued. Ms. Walton made further comments about MOU situation that arose in Park County. Committee members commented on the Collaborative Management Program and related MOUs, including the need for an appeals process in the relevant rules. Representative Lee asked for the Department of Human Services to provide an update to the committee about whether there is a mechanism that would allow for the acceptance of Park County's application.