H.R. 1263: Excellence in Mental Health Act

113th Congress, 2013–2015. Text as of Mar 19, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1263

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 19, 2013

(for herself, Mr. Lance, Mr. Waxman, Mr. Engel, Ms. DeGette, and Ms. Jenkins) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To increase access to community behavioral health services for all Americans and to improve Medicaid reimbursement for community behavioral health services.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Excellence in Mental Health Act .

2.

Establishing community behavioral health centers

(a)

In general

Section 1913 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300x–2) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)(2)(A), by striking community mental health services and inserting behavioral health services (of the type offered by a certified federally qualified community behavioral health center);

(2)

in subsection (b)

(A)

in paragraph (1), by striking community mental health centers and inserting certified federally qualified community behavioral health centers; and

(B)

in paragraph (2), by striking community mental health centers and inserting certified federally qualified community behavioral health centers; and

(3)

by striking subsection (c) and inserting the following:

(c)

Certified Federally Qualified Community Behavioral Health Centers

(1)

Definition

For purposes of subsection (a)(2) and subsection (b), the term certified federally qualified community behavioral health center means a nonprofit or local government center that is certified by the Secretary as performing each of the following actions:

(A)

Providing services in locations that ensure services will be available and accessible promptly and in a manner which preserves human dignity and assures continuity of care.

(B)

Providing services in a mode of service delivery appropriate for the target population.

(C)

Providing individuals with a choice of service options where there is more than one efficacious treatment.

(D)

Employing a core staff of clinical staff that is multidisciplinary and culturally and linguistically competent.

(E)

Providing services, within the limits of the capacities of the center, to any individual residing or employed in the service area of the center, regardless of the ability of the individual to pay.

(F)

Providing, directly or through contract, to the extent covered for adults in the State Medicaid plan under title XIX of the Social Security Act and for children in accordance with section 1905(r) of such Act regarding early and periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment, each of the following services:

(i)

Screening, assessment, and diagnosis, including risk assessment.

(ii)

Person-centered treatment planning or similar processes, including risk assessment and crisis planning.

(iii)

Outpatient mental health and substance use services, including screening, assessment, diagnosis, psychotherapy, medication management, and integrated treatment for mental illness and substance abuse which shall be evidence-based (including cognitive behavioral therapy and other such therapies which are evidence-based).

(iv)

Outpatient clinic primary care screening and monitoring of key health indicators and health risk (including screening for diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease and monitoring of weight, height, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, blood glucose or HbA1C, and lipid profile).

(v)

Crisis mental health services, including 24-hour mobile crisis teams, emergency crisis intervention services, and crisis stabilization.

(vi)

Targeted case management (services to assist individuals gaining access to needed medical, social, educational, and other services and applying for income security and other benefits to which they may be entitled).

(vii)

Psychiatric rehabilitation services including skills training, assertive community treatment, family psychoeducation, disability self-management, supported employment, supported housing services, therapeutic foster care services, and such other evidence-based practices as the Secretary may require.

(viii)

Peer support and counselor services and family supports.

(G)

Maintaining linkages, and where possible entering into formal contracts with the following:

(i)

Federally qualified health centers.

(ii)

Inpatient psychiatric facilities and substance use detoxification, post detoxification step-down services, and residential programs.

(iii)

Adult and youth peer support and counselor services.

(iv)

Family support services for families of children with serious mental or substance abuse disorders.

(v)

Other community or regional services, supports, and providers, including schools, child welfare agencies, juvenile and criminal justice agencies and facilities, housing agencies and programs, employers, and other social services.

(vi)

Onsite or offsite access to primary care services.

(vii)

Enabling services, including outreach, transportation, and translation.

(viii)

Health and wellness services, including services for tobacco cessation.

(2)

Frequency of certification

Certification under paragraph (1) shall be for a 5-year period. The Administrator shall provide an opportunity for recertification at the end of each certification period.

(3)

Rule of construction

Nothing in paragraph (1) shall be construed as prohibiting any State receiving funds appropriated through the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant under this subpart from financing qualified community programs (whether such programs meet the definition of eligible programs prior to or after the date of enactment of the Excellence in Mental Health Act ).

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(b)

Regulations

Not later than 18 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with State mental health and substance abuse authorities, shall issue final regulations for certifying nonprofit or local government centers under subsection (c) of section 1913 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended by this section.

3.

Medicaid coverage and payment for community behavioral health center services

(a)

Payment for services provided by federally qualified community behavioral health centers

Section 1902(bb) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396a(bb)) is amended—

(1)

in the heading, by striking and Rural Health Clinics and inserting , Selected Certified FQCBHCs, and Rural Health Clinics ;

(2)

in paragraph (1), by inserting (and beginning with fiscal year 2014 with respect to services furnished on or after January 1, 2014, and each succeeding fiscal year, for services described in section 1905(a)(2)(D) furnished by a selected certified FQCBHC) after by a rural health clinic;

(3)

in paragraph (2)

(A)

by striking the heading and inserting Initial fiscal year ;

(B)

by inserting (or, in the case of services described in section 1905(a)(2)(D) furnished by a selected certified FQCBHC, for services furnished on and after January 1, 2014, during fiscal year 2014) after January 1, 2001, during fiscal year 2001;

(C)

by inserting (or, in the case of services described in section 1905(a)(2)(D) furnished by a selected certified FQCBHC, during fiscal years 2012 and 2013) after 1999 and 2000; and

(D)

by inserting (or, in the case of services described in section 1905(a)(2)(D) furnished by a selected certified FQCBHC, during fiscal year 2014) before the period;

(4)

in paragraph (3)

(A)

in the heading, by striking Fiscal year 2002 and succeeding and inserting Succeeding ; and

(B)

by inserting (or, in the case of services described in section 1905(a)(2)(D) furnished by a selected certified FQCBHC, for services furnished during fiscal year 2015 or a succeeding fiscal year) after 2002 or a succeeding fiscal year;

(5)

in paragraph (4)

(A)

by inserting (or as a selected certified FQCBHC after fiscal year 2013) after or rural health clinic after fiscal year 2000;

(B)

by striking furnished by the center or and inserting furnished by the federally qualified health center, services described in section 1905(a)(2)(D) furnished by the selected certified FQCBHC, or; and

(C)

in the second sentence, by striking or rural health clinic and inserting , selected certified FQCBHC, or rural health clinic;

(6)

in paragraph (5), in each of subparagraphs (A) and (B), by striking or rural health clinic and inserting , selected certified FQCBHC, or rural health clinic;

(7)

in paragraph (6), by striking or to a rural health clinic and inserting , to a selected certified FQCBHC for services described in section 1905(a)(2)(D), or to a rural health clinic; and

(8)

by adding at the end the following:

(7)

Selected certified FQCBHC

For purposes of this subsection, the term selected certified FQCBHC shall have the meaning given such term in section 1905(l)(4)(B).

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(b)

Inclusion of community behavioral health center services in the term medical assistance

Section 1905(a)(2) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396d(a)(2)) is amended—

(1)

by striking and before (C); and

(2)

by inserting before the semicolon at the end the following: , and (D) federally qualified community behavioral health center services (as defined in subsection (l)(4)).

(c)

Definition of federally qualified community behavioral health center services

Section 1905(l) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396d(l)) is amended by adding at the end the following paragraph:

(4)
(A)

The term community behavioral health center services means services furnished to an individual at a selected certified FQCBHC (as defined by subparagraph (B)).

(B)

The term selected certified FQCBHC means, with respect to a fiscal year, a certified federally qualified community behavioral health center that is selected by the Secretary under subparagraph (D) for such fiscal year.

(C)

With respect to a fiscal year, for purposes of this paragraph, an entity is a certified federally qualified community behavioral health center for such fiscal year if the entity is a certified federally qualified community behavioral health center under section 1913(c) of the Public Health Service Act for such fiscal year.

(D)
(i)

For purposes of this section and section 1902(bb)

(I)

for fiscal years 2014 through 2018, the Secretary shall select 20 percent of the total number of certified federally qualified community behavioral health centers;

(II)

for fiscal years 2019 through 2023, the Secretary shall select the certified federally qualified community behavioral health centers selected under subclause (II) and an additional 20 percent of the total number of certified federally qualified community behavioral health centers; and

(III)

for fiscal year 2024 and subsequent fiscal years, the Secretary shall select all certified federally qualified community behavioral health centers.

(ii)

In making the selections under subclauses (I) and (II) of clause (i), the Secretary shall—

(I)

ensure geographic diversity of the selected certified FQCBHCs; and

(II)

take into account the ability of such centers to provide the services required by section 1913 of the Public Health Service Act and to report data as required under this title.

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4.

Community-based mental health infrastructure improvement

Title V of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 280g et seq.) is amended—

(1)

by redesignating the second part G, as added by section 144 of the Community Renewal Tax Relief Act of 2000 (as enacted into law by section 1(a)(7) of Public Law 106–554 ; 114 Stat. 2763A–619), as part J;

(2)

by redesignating sections 581 through 584 in such part (42 U.S.C. 290kk through 290kk–3) as sections 595C through 595F, respectively; and

(3)

by inserting after part J, as so redesignated, the following:

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Community-based mental health infrastructure improvements

595G.

Grants for community-based mental health infrastructure improvements

(a)

Grants authorized

The Secretary may award grants to eligible entities to expend funds for the construction or modernization of facilities used to provide mental health and substance abuse services to individuals.

(b)

Eligible entity

In this section, the term eligible entity means—

(1)

a State that is the recipient of a Community Mental Health Services Block Grant under subpart I of part B of title XIX and a Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant under subpart II of such part; or

(2)

an Indian tribe or a tribal organization (as such terms are defined in sections 4(b) and 4(c) of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act).

(c)

Application

An eligible entity desiring a grant under this section shall submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing—

(1)

a plan for the construction or modernization of facilities used to provide mental health and substance abuse services to individuals that—

(A)

designates a single State or tribal agency as the sole agency for the supervision and administration of the grant;

(B)

contains satisfactory evidence that such agency so designated will have the authority to carry out the plan;

(C)

provides for the designation of an advisory council, which shall include representatives of nongovernmental organizations or groups, and of the relevant State or tribal agencies, that aided in the development of the plan and that will implement and monitor any grant awarded to the eligible entity under this section;

(D)

in the case of an eligible entity that is a State, includes a copy of the State plan under section 1912(b) and section 1932(b);

(E)
(i)

includes a listing of the projects to be funded by the grant; and

(ii)

in the case of an eligible entity that is a State, explains how each listed project helps the State in accomplishing its goals and objectives under the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant under subpart I of part B of title XIX and the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant under subpart II of such part;

(F)

includes assurances that the facilities will be used for a period of not less than 10 years for the provision of community-based mental health or substance abuse services for those who cannot pay for such services, subject to subsection (e); and

(G)

in the case of a facility that is not a public facility, includes the name and executive director of the entity who will provide services in the facility; and

(2)

with respect to each construction or modernization project described in the application—

(A)

a description of the site for the project;

(B)

plans and specifications for the project and State or tribal approval for the plans and specifications;

(C)

assurance that the title for the site is or will be vested with either the public entity or private nonprofit entity who will provide the services in the facility;

(D)

assurance that adequate financial resources will be available for the construction or major rehabilitation of the project and for the maintenance and operation of the facility;

(E)

estimates of the cost of the project; and

(F)

the estimated length of time for completion of the project.

(d)

Subgrants by States

(1)

In general

A State that receives a grant under this section may award a subgrant to a qualified community program (as such term is used in section 1913(b)(1)).

(2)

Use of funds

Subgrants awarded pursuant to paragraph (1) may be used for activities such as—

(A)

the construction, expansion, and modernization of facilities used to provide mental health and substance abuse services to individuals;

(B)

acquiring and leasing facilities and equipment (including paying the costs of amortizing the principal of, and paying the interest on, loans for such facilities and equipment) to support or further the operation of the subgrantee;

(C)

the construction and structural modification (including equipment acquisition) of facilities to permit the integrated delivery of behavioral health and primary care of specialty medical services to individuals with co-occurring mental illnesses and chronic medical or surgical diseases at a single service site; and

(D)

acquiring information technology required to accommodate the clinical needs of primary and specialty care professionals.

(3)

Limitation

Not to exceed 15 percent of grant funds may be used for activities described in paragraph (2)(D).

(e)

Request To transfer obligation

An eligible entity that receives a grant under this section may submit a request to the Secretary for permission to transfer the 10-year obligation of facility use, as described in subsection (c)(1)(F), to another facility.

(f)

Agreement to Federal share

As a condition of receipt of a grant under this section, an eligible entity shall agree, with respect to the costs to be incurred by the entity in carrying out the activities for which such grant is awarded, that the entity will make available non-Federal contributions (which may include State or local funds, or funds from the qualified community program) in an amount equal to not less than $1 for every $1 of Federal funds provided under the grant.

(g)

Reporting

(1)

Reporting by States

During the 10-year period referred to in subsection (c)(1)(F), the Secretary shall require that a State that receives a grant under this section submit, as part of the report of the State required under the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant under subpart I of part B of title XIX and the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant under subpart II of such part, a description of the progress on—

(A)

the projects carried out pursuant to the grant under this section; and

(B)

the assurances that the facilities involved continue to be used for the purpose for which they were funded under such grant during such 10-year period.

(2)

Reporting by Indian tribes and tribal organizations

The Secretary shall establish reporting requirements for Indian tribes and tribal organizations that receive a grant under this section. Such reporting requirements shall include that such Indian tribe or tribal organization provide a description of the progress on—

(A)

the projects carried out pursuant to the grant under this section; and

(B)

the assurances that the facilities involved continue to be used for the purpose for which they were funded under such grant during the 10-year period referred to in subsection (c)(1)(F).

(h)

Failure To meet obligations

(1)

In general

If an eligible entity that receives a grant under this section fails to meet any of the obligations of the entity required under this section, the Secretary shall take appropriate steps, which may include—

(A)

requiring that the entity return the unused portion of the funds awarded under this section for the projects that are incomplete; and

(B)

extending the length of time that the entity must ensure that the facility involved is used for the purposes for which it is intended, as described in subsection (c)(1)(F).

(2)

Hearing

Prior to requesting the return of the funds under paragraph (1)(B), the Secretary shall provide the entity notice and opportunity for a hearing.

(i)

Collaboration

The Secretary may establish intergovernmental and interdepartmental memoranda of agreement as necessary to carry out this section.

(j)

Authorization of appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2018.

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