Author: Public Health Committee
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
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
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.
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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
32advisory and planning bodies, and (8) within available appropriations,
33provide training in the administration of an opioid antagonist, as
34defined in section
35supplies of opioid antagonists to communities.
This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections: