HB 5145

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House of Representatives

January Session, 2019

Substitute House Bill No. 5145

House of Representatives, April 17, 2019

The Committee on Public Health reported through REP. STEINBERG of the 136th Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the House, that the substitute bill ought to pass.

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.

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:

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill, which establishes the five regional behavioral health action organizations (RHBAOs) and requires a study of their efficacy, is not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact. The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services currently contracts with the RBHAOs and has the expertise necessary to study and report by January 1, 2020.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

OLR Bill Analysis sHB 5145

AN ACT CONCERNING REGIONAL BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ACTION ORGANIZATIONS.

SUMMARY

In 2017 and 2018, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) reorganized existing Regional Action Councils (focused on substance abuse prevention) and Regional Mental Health Boards. DMHAS replaced them with five Regional Behavioral Health Action Organizations (RBHAOs), one for each of the state's designated mental health regions.

This bill establishes these RBHAOs in statute. It requires them to work across the behavioral health care continuum as strategic community partners to plan, educate, and advocate for their region's behavioral health needs and services. It sets forth certain specific duties, such as administering grants to municipalities for substance abuse prevention activities.

The bill also requires DMHAS to study the efficacy of these organizations, including evaluating their services and making related recommendations. The DMHAS commissioner must report the study's findings to the Public Health Committee by January 1, 2020.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

REGIONAL BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ACTION ORGANIZATIONS

The bill requires each RBHAO to fulfill the following duties within its mental health region:

1.assess the behavioral health needs of children, adolescents, and adults;

2.develop strategic plans with priority recommendations for substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery services;

3.administer grants to municipalities to stimulate the development and implementation of substance abuse prevention activities;

4.build local communities' capacity to understand and address problem gambling;

5.raise awareness and provide advocacy to the public related to mental health promotion and substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery;

6.leverage funds to support substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery activities;

7.serve on local, regional, and statewide advisory and planning bodies; and

8.within available appropriations, provide training in administering opioid antagonists (e.g., Narcan) and distribute opioid antagonists to communities.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Health Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea 24 Nay 1 (03/29/2019)