PA 08-95—sHB 5447

Public Health Committee

Human Services Committee

Joint Committee on Legislative Management

AN ACT CONCERNING APPOINTMENTS TO THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PARTNERSHIP OVERSIGHT COUNCIL

SUMMARY: This act transfers authority to appoint the Behavioral Health Partnership (BHP) Oversight Council's public members from the Medicaid Managed Care Council's chairpersons to legislative leaders and the governor. It adds four public members to the council, raising to 20 the number of appointed voting members and the total voting membership to 34. The following table shows the appointment distribution.

Appointing Authority

Appointments

House Speaker

2 representatives of general or psychiatric hospitals

1 adult with psychiatric disabilities

1 advocate for adults with psychiatric disabilities

Senate President Pro Tempore

2 parents of children with behavioral health disorders or who have received child protection or juvenile justice services from the Department of Children and Families (DCF)

1 expert in health policy and evaluation

1 advocate for children with behavioral health disorders

Senate Majority Leader

1 adult with a substance abuse disorder or an advocate for adults with such disorders

1 representative of school-based health clinics

Senate Minority Leader

1 provider of community-based behavioral health services for children

1 Medicaid Managed Care Advisory Council member

House Majority Leader

1 primary care provider serving children in the HUSKY program

1 child psychiatrist serving HUSKY children

House Minority Leader

1 provider of adult community-based behavioral health services

1 provider of residential treatment for children

Governor

2 representatives of general or psychiatric hospitals

2 parents of children with behavioral health disorders or who have received DCF child protection or juvenile services

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2008

BACKGROUND

Behavioral Health Partnership (BHP) Oversight Council

The council reviews (1) the state's contract with the BHP's administrative services organization (ASO) to make sure its authorization of services is based on the BHP's clinical management criteria; (2) Medicaid and HUSKY behavioral health services to assure that federal revenue is being maximized; and (3) reports on program activities, finances, and outcomes. It reports annually to the governor and the Human Services, Public Health, and Appropriations committees.

Other voting council members are the Human Services, Public Health, and Appropriations committee chairpersons and ranking members, or their designees; a member of the Community Health Strategy Board; and the mental health and addiction services commissioner, or his designee.

The council also includes nonvoting members representing various state agencies, consumers, the BHP's ASO, and each Medicaid managed care organization.

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