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Behavioral Health and Disabilities : Behavioral Health Integration Stakeholder Workgroup

Behavioral Health Integration Stakeholder Workgroup

House Bill 1510 requires the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to convene a stakeholder workgroup to make recommendations on issues related to behavioral health, including statutory and regulatory changes to fully integrate mental health and substance use disorder treatment and recovery support; and promote health services.  The workgroup must include representatives of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, providers, consumers, and advocacy organizations.  On or before December 1, 2014, the Department is required to report the findings and recommendations of the workgroup to the Governor and, in accordance with § 2–1246 of the State Government Article, the General Assembly.

The Workgroup will hold its first meeting on June 13, 2014 (1:00-3:00pm) in the basement conference room of the Dix Building at Spring Grove Hospital Center.

At this introductory meeting, we will be discussing: the requirements of House Bill 1510; the topics to be covered and anticipated outcomes; the workgroup schedule and structure; and the process for stakeholder participation.

The Department would like to invite members of the public to attend the meetings.  Individuals interested in receiving updates should contact the Department at

Please see the final draft proposal for the Behavioral Health Integration Legislation.
Update: Integration of Funding & Provider Payments
Throughout the Behavioral Health Integration Stakeholder Workgroup process, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has received questions that do not directly fall under the oversight of the Workgroup, including several inquiries related to the integration of funding and provider payments for behavioral health services.  As DHMH works to further integrate the mental health and substance use disorder service systems, the Department must continue to refine the statutes for both systems through the workgroup process and new legislation; develop regulations to require accreditation for providers of behavioral health services; and embed behavioral health financing into the Medicaid portion of DHMH.  In addition, the Department must implement a new Administrative Services Organization (ASO) contract, including moving the financing from the MCOs and data collection from the SMART system for substance use disorders to the new ASO.
These initiatives must be completed in the current fiscal year and require full attention from DHMH. Additionally, this work must be completed before DHMH can begin working on the integration of specific types of services, each of which will require a review of licensing and program requirements; a rate review and revision; a state plan amendment; approval from CMS; and may require additional funding to be identified before proceeding. 
In the meantime, please be patient with DHMH as the Department works to make the changes currently underway.

House Bill 1510 

Press Release

Tentative Meeting Schedule

The Workgroup will hold seven public meetings at Spring Grove Hospital Center-Dix Building Basement Conference Room from 1:00-3:00 pm.  The meetings are scheduled for the following dates:

June 13, 2014 (1:00 - 3:00) at the Mental Hygiene Administration, Dix Building Basement Conference Room

August 15, 2014

September 5, 2014

September 26, 2014

October 17, 2014