Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Impact Policy That Impacts You!

Bills of Interest: 
(For Families of Children with a Substance Use Disorder)


Treatment at All Maryland Hospitals
House Bill 908
House Sponsor:  Delegate Morhaim
Hearing:  2/23 House Health & Government Operations Committee
·         Legislation that would require hospitals to establish a substance use treatment program to identify patients in need of treatment and admit the patient to the appropriate treatment setting or, if admission is not required, direct the patient to the appropriate outpatient treatment setting.  Friendly amendments support:
o   utilization of peer recovery specialists,
o   referrals to Community-Based Recovery Services,
o   family and consumer education opportunities,
o   expanded capacity for and access to detox and discharge planning.

Needle Exchange Programs
House Bill 468/Senate Bill 97
House Sponsor:  Delegate Lam
Hearing:  2/16 House Health and Government Operations
Senate Sponsor:  Senator Middleton
Hearing:  Not yet scheduled
·         Legislation that would allow health departments or community-based organizations to establish Opioid-Associated Disease Prevention and Outreach Programs where participants could exchange used hypodermic needles and syringes for sterile ones, thereby preventing the spread of bloodborne infectious diseases, like HIV and Hepatitis.

Safer Drug Use Facility Program
House Bill 1212
House Sponsor:  Delegate Morhaim
Hearing:  3/8 House Health & Government Operations Committee
·         Legislation that would establish Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Safer Drug Use Facility Programs that would allow participants access to safe injecting sites where services such as needle exchange, referral to treatment, linkages to community-based vocational and educational supports, and other services would be available.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)
House Bill 437/Senate Bill 537 & House Bill 456/Senate Bill 382
House Sponsor (437):  Delegate Barron  /  House Sponsor (456):  Delegate Busch
Hearing:  2/18 House Health & Government Operations Committee
Senate Sponsor (537):  Senator Klausmeier  /  Senate Sponsor (382):  Senator Miller
Hearings:  2/24 Senate Finance Committee
·         Legislation that would strengthen Maryland’s PDMP by requiring treatment providers, doctors, and pharmacists to be registered with the program by 2017. 

Medicaid Compliance with Federal Parity Laws –Coverage for Residential Treatment
House Bill 1217/Senate Bill 899
House Sponsor:  Delegate Sample-Hughes
Hearing:  3/01 House Health and Government Operations Committee
Senate Sponsor:  Senator Klausmeier
Hearing:  3/02 Senate Finance Committee
·         Legislation that would ensure that the Maryland Medicaid program is in compliance with the federal mental health and addiction parity laws.  When Medicaid is in compliance, coverage will include some residential services

Justice Reinvestment Act –Assessment & Treatment for “Possession” Charges
House Bill 1312 / Senate Bill 1005
House Sponsor:  Delegate Busch
Hearing:  3/04 House Health and Government Operations Committee
Senate Sponsor:  Senator Miller
Hearing:  3/02 Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
·         Legislation that would require certain changes in current justice policy, including:
o   Allowing for reduced sentences for some drug-related crimes;
o   Evaluating a defendant for possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) for drug dependence and providing an assessment to the court before imposing sentence;
o   Providing an assessment regarding drug treatment options to the court;
o   Requiring the court to incorporate this assessment into sentencing for possession of CDS;
o   Requiring DHMH to facilitate treatment “without unnecessary delay”;
o   Requiring DHMH to appear in court to explain a lack of placement for those defendants sentenced to participate in a treatment program instead of jail or prison.

School Report on Effectiveness of Behavioral Health Services
House Bill 713/Senate Bill 494
House Sponsor:  Delegate Luedtke
Hearing:  3/3 House Ways & Means Committee
Senate Sponsor:  Senator Nathan-Pulliam
Hearing:  2/24 Senate Education, Health, and Environment Committee
·         Legislation that would require the Department of Education, in consultation with other agencies and stakeholders, to develop and implement a standardized reporting system to determine the effectiveness of community-partnered school behavioral health services and programs.  This data is helpful in comparing school-based behavior health programs throughout the state, creating “model” programs, and enhancing and promoting school-based behavioral health services.   

Family Navigators Program
House Bill 1501
House Sponsor:  Delegate Stein
Hearing:  3/08 House Appropriations Committee
·         Legislation that would require the Governor’s Office of Children to sustain a Family Navigators program. Family Navigators would support, identify resources, and assist in obtaining services for families of children with mental or behavioral health needs or developmental disabilities.

Keep the Door Open Act
House Bill 595/Senate Bill 497
House Sponsor:  Delegate Hayes
Hearing:  2/16 House Health and Government Operations Committee
Senate Sponsor:  Senator Guzzone
Hearing:  2/25 Senate Budget & Taxation Committee, Senate Finance Committee
·         Legislation that would adjust the rate of Medicaid reimbursement for community mental health and substance use providers to medical inflation.

Crisis Services Strategic Plan
House Bill 682/Senate Bill 551
House Sponsor:  Delegate Rosenberg
Hearing:  2/23 House Health & Government Operations Committee
Senate Sponsor:  Senator Pugh
Hearing:  2/25 Senate Finance Committee
·         Legislation that would require the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to develop a strategic plan to ensure that 24/7 walk-in crisis capacity and mobile crisis services are available in every jurisdiction statewide.

Governor’s Budget Proposal
House Bill 150/Senate Bill 190
Hearing:  3/2 House Appropriations Committee
Hearing:  3/3 Senate Budget & Taxation Committee
  • Legislation that would:
o   Add a 2% rate increase for mental health & substance use disorder
o   Establish a Center of Excellence for Prevention and Treatment
o   Implement a Good Samaritan Law public awareness campaign
o   Increase assistance for pregnant women with SUD
o   Strengthen PDMP
o   Implement a Statewide Buprenorphine Access Expansion Plan
o   Expand Online Overdose Education & Public Policy Partners

Use or Possession of Small Amounts of Any CDS a Citation –not a Crime
House Bill 1119
House Sponsor:  Delegate Morhaim
Hearing:  3/1 House Judiciary Committee
·         Legislation that would make violations relating to the use or possession of small quantities of controlled dangerous substances a civil offense rather than a crime. 

Certification of Recovery Residences by Department of Health and Mental Hygiene House Bill 1429
House Sponsor:  Delegate Howard
Hearing:  3/11 House Health and Government Operations Committee
·         Legislation that would require the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to develop standards, requirements, fees, and procedures for the certification of recovery homes in the State, and prohibit a person from operating a recovery home without specified certification.  Stakeholders would be able to provide input and hold government accountable for investigating grievances. 

Certification of Recovery Residences by a Non-Profit Organization (MSARR)
House Bill 1411/Senate Bill 1094
House Sponsor:  Delegate McMillan
Hearing:  3/11 House Health and Government Operations Committee
Senate Sponsor:  Senator Astle
Hearing:  Not yet scheduled
·         Legislation that would require the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to approve a credentialing entity (MSARR) to develop and administer a certification process for recovery residences and to establish requirements and processes, and to conduct an inspection, and issue a certificate of compliance.  Stakeholders would not be able to provide input, nor have any input into the certification standards or process.  Would not have a grievance process. 

Methadone Treatment Facilities within 500 Feet of Schools
Senate Bill 569
Senate Sponsor:  Senator Gladden
Hearing:  3/16 Senate Finance Committee
·         Legislation that would require prohibiting a methadone treatment facility from being established or operated within 500 feet of schools, child care centers, or agencies unless DHMH receives a letter of support for the location of the facility from the schools, child care centers, and agencies.


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