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The Health/Human Services Budget passed in the 2016 legislative session directed the Department of Human Services (DHS) to submit a report on the current status of the Regional Mental Health and Disability Services System.  That report is now avaiable online here.  We will review this report in our next issue, but it does make several recommendations:

  • Regions should have a minimum number of county residents in each region, pool county funding, and maintain continuity in their leadership (i.e. not rotate leadership annually among counties).
  • Regions and Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) should identify funding for all core and additional core services to individuals with a mental illness or an intellectual disability.
  • Regions should continue building the community service system by planning for the provision of critical, non-clinical social services, such as, but not limited to, housing and transportation.
  • MH/DS Regions’ responsibility and authority to effectively and efficiently serve individuals that are the most difficult to serve should be clarified.  To do this, DHS suggests immediately convening a workgroup of MH/DS regions, MCOs, and other key stakeholders to identify effective services for individuals with severe multiple complex needs and report recommendations for hte provision of the identified services.

Again, we will provide more information about this report and reactions to it in our next issue.