Council Discusses Legislation Affecting Behavioral Health in Michigan

Posted on October 09, 2020

The MHA Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) Council met Oct. 2 to consider several pieces of legislation that would create new policy and a payment mechanism for behavioral health services in Michigan. The council discussed boilerplate provisions in the fiscal year 2020-2021 Medicaid budget that would create a payment for psychiatric intensive care services, create a workgroup to determine equitable and adequate reimbursement methodology, and increase payment rates for professional pediatric behavioral health services. The council offered perspective on the challenges of implementing the language, which the MHA will use as it works with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

Deborah Pinals, MD, the psychiatrist in charge at the Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration (BHDDA) within the MDHHS, spoke to the council about the department’s work to develop an electronic bed board to track the availability of inpatient psychiatric beds. Such a “bed registry” is now required by law, and the department is reviewing options for developing one. The council strongly discouraged implementation of an electronic system in more than one format. The MHA will continue this discussion with the BHDDA as it works to develop the required registry.

The next meeting of the MHA BHI Council is scheduled for Nov. 13. For more information about the work of the council, contact Laura Appel at the MHA.

Tags: behavioral health, BHI, Pinals, Appel;bed board;bed registry, BHDDA

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