HB 5145

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Author: Public Health Committee

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AN ACT CONCERNING REGIONAL BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ACTION ORGANIZATIONS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

1Section 1. (Effective from passage) The Department of Mental Health

2and Addiction Services shall study the efficacy of regional behavioral

3health action organizations established pursuant to section 2 of this act.

4Such study shall include an evaluation of the services provided by

5such organizations and recommendations concerning such services.

6Not later than January 1, 2020, the Commissioner of Mental Health and

7Addiction Services shall report, in accordance with the provisions of

8section 11-4a of the general statutes, regarding the findings of such

9study to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having

10cognizance of matters relating to public health.

11Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) There are established within

12the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services five regional

13behavioral health action organizations, one for each mental health

14region in the state established pursuant to section 17a-478 of the

15general statutes. Each regional behavioral health action organization

16shall work across the continuum of behavioral health care as strategic

17community partners for the planning, education and advocacy for

18behavioral health needs and services within the region.

Substitute Bill No. 5145

19 (b) The duties of each regional behavioral health action

20organization, within its mental health region, shall include, but need

21not be limited to: (1) Assess the behavioral health needs of children,

22adolescents and adults across the regions, (2) develop strategic plans to

23include priority recommendations for substance abuse prevention,

24treatment and recovery services, (3) administer grants to municipalities

25to stimulate the development and implementation of substance abuse

26prevention activities, (4) build the capacity of local communities to

27understand and address problem gambling, (5) raise awareness and

28provide advocacy to the general public related to mental health

29promotion and substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery,

30(6) leverage funds to support substance abuse prevention, treatment

31and recovery activities, (7) serve on local, regional and state-wide

32advisory and planning bodies, and (8) within available appropriations,

33provide training in the administration of an opioid antagonist, as

34defined in section 17a-714a of the general statutes, and distribute

35supplies of opioid antagonists to communities.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections: