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Article - Health - General


    (a)    In this section, “Program” means the Behavioral Health Crisis Response Grant Program.

    (b)    (1)    There is a Behavioral Health Crisis Response Grant Program in the Department.

        (2)    The purpose of the Program is to provide funds to local jurisdictions to establish and expand community behavioral health crisis response systems.

    (c)    The Department shall administer the Program.

    (d)    (1)    The Program shall award competitive grants to local behavioral health authorities to establish and expand behavioral health crisis response programs and services that:

            (i)    Serve local behavioral health needs for children, adults, and older adults;

            (ii)    Meet national standards;

            (iii)    Integrate the delivery of mental health and substance use treatment; and

            (iv)    Connect individuals to appropriate community–based care in a timely manner on discharge.

        (2)    Funds distributed to a local behavioral health authority under the Program:

            (i)    May be used to establish or expand behavioral health crisis response programs and services, such as:

                1.    Mobile crisis teams;

                2.    On–demand walk–in services;

                3.    Crisis residential beds; and

                4.    Other behavioral health crisis programs and services that the Department considers eligible for Program funds; and

            (ii)    Shall be used to supplement, and not supplant, any other funding for behavioral health crisis response programs and services.

        (3)    A local behavioral health authority may submit a proposal requesting Program funding to the Department.

        (4)    In awarding grants under this section, the Department shall prioritize proposals that:

            (i)    Make use of more than one funding source;

            (ii)    Demonstrate efficiency in service delivery through regionalization, integration of the behavioral health crisis program or service with existing public safety and emergency resources, and other strategies to achieve economies of scale; and

            (iii)    Evidence a strong plan for integration into the existing behavioral health system of care and supports to provide seamless aftercare.

        (5)    For each service or program that receives funding under the Program, a local behavioral health authority shall report to the Department all outcome measurement data required by the Department.

        (6)    The Department shall establish:

            (i)    Application procedures;

            (ii)    A statewide system of outcome measurement to assess the effectiveness and adequacy of behavioral health crisis response services and programs;

            (iii)    Guidelines that require programs to bill third–party insurers and, when appropriate, the Maryland Medical Assistance Program; and

            (iv)    Any other procedures or criteria necessary to carry out this section.

    (e)    The Governor shall include in the annual operating budget bill the following amounts for the Program:

        (1)    $3,000,000 for fiscal year 2020;

        (2)    $4,000,000 for fiscal year 2021; and

        (3)    $5,000,000 for fiscal year 2022.

    (f)    On or before December 1 each year beginning in 2020, the Department shall submit to the Governor and, in accordance with § 2–1257 of the State Government Article, to the General Assembly a report that includes, for the most recent closed fiscal year:

        (1)    The number of grants distributed;

        (2)    Funds distributed by county;

        (3)    Information about grant recipients and programs and services provided; and

        (4)    Outcome data reported under the statewide system of measurement required in subsection (d)(6)(ii) of this section.

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