On Wednesday, Could 18th, the U.S. Home Power and Commerce Committee voted to advance two important items of laws offering psychological well being help to counties.
The payments embody H.R. 7666 – Restoring Hope for Psychological Well being and Properly-Being Act of 2022 and H.R. 7233 – Maintaining Incarceration Discharges Streamlined for Youngsters and Accommodating Sources in Training Act (KIDS CARES Act). Based on the Nationwide Affiliation of Counties (NACo), H.R. 7666 consists of the next:
- Reauthorization of SAMHSA’s Group Psychological Well being Providers (CMHS) and the Substance Use Prevention, Therapy and Restoration Providers Block grant packages, together with a brand new requirement that 5 % of funds within the CMHS block grant be allotted towards disaster care companies
- Reauthorization of HRSA’s Screening and Therapy for Maternal Psychological Well being and Substance Use Dysfunction grant program and the institution of a maternal psychological well being hotline
- Elimination of the requirement that a person be hooked on opioids for a minimum of one yr previous to being admitted for remedy by an opioid remedy program
- $10 million in grants to states for the implementation of psychological well being and substance use dysfunction service parity.
- The elimination of federal approval necessities for the administration of sure remedy assisted remedy.
- Grants to native entities to develop, broaden, and improve entry to peer-delivered psychological well being companies.
H.R. 7233 expands Medicaid to cowl psychological well being screenings for youth within the felony justice system. Furthermore, the invoice features a bipartisan modification to take away the Medicaid inmate exclusion coverage’s (MIEP) utility to juveniles the pending disposition of their fees.
Lately, NACo has advocated eliminating the MIEP to include inmate well being care prices. The gradual rollback of MIEP may have long-term implications for the continuing implementation of a just lately handed Maryland regulation considerably increasing substance use dysfunction (SUD) remedy choices for inmates.
Learn the complete NACo weblog submit.