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S. 2924: Supporting Family-Focused Residential Treatment Act

The text of the bill below is as of May 22, 2018 (Introduced).


II

115th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2924

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 22, 2018

(for himself and Mr. Menendez) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

A BILL

To encourage the use of family-focused residential treatment programs for substance use disorder treatment.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Supporting Family-Focused Residential Treatment Act.

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Family-focused residential treatment program

The term family-focused residential treatment program means a trauma-informed residential program primarily for substance use disorder treatment for pregnant and postpartum women and parents and guardians that allows children to reside with such women or their parents or guardians during treatment to the extent appropriate and applicable.

(2)

Medicaid program

The term Medicaid program means the program established under title XIX of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396 et seq.).

(3)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

(4)

Title IV–E program

The term title IV–E program means the program for foster care, prevention, and permanency established under part E of title IV of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 670 et seq.).

3.

Guidance on family-focused residential treatment programs

(a)

In general

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary, in consultation with divisions of the Department of Health and Human Services administering substance use disorder or child welfare programs, shall develop and issue guidance to States identifying opportunities to support family-focused residential treatment programs for the provision of substance use disorder treatment. Before issuing such guidance, the Secretary shall solicit input from representatives of States, health care providers with expertise in addiction medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, neonatology, child trauma, and child development, recipients of family-focused treatment services, and other relevant stakeholders.

(b)

Additional requirements

The guidance required under subsection (a) shall include descriptions of the following:

(1)

Existing opportunities and flexibilities under the Medicaid program, including under waivers authorized under section 1115 or 1915 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1315, 1396n), for States to receive Federal Medicaid funding for the provision of substance use disorder treatment for pregnant and postpartum women and parents and guardians and, to the extent applicable, their children, in family-focused residential treatment programs.

(2)

How States can employ and coordinate funding provided under the Medicaid program, the title IV-E program, and other programs administered by the Secretary to support the provision of treatment and services provided by a family-focused residential treatment facility such as substance use disorder treatment and services, including medication-assisted treatment, family, group, and individual counseling, case management, parenting education and skills development, the provision, assessment, or coordination of care and services for children, including necessary assessments and appropriate interventions, non-emergency transportation for necessary care provided at or away from a program site, transitional services and supports for families leaving treatment, and other services.

(3)

How States can employ and coordinate funding provided under the Medicaid program and the title IV–E program (including as amended by the Family First Prevention Services Act enacted under title VII of division E of Public Law 115–123, and particularly with respect to the authority under subsections (a)(2)(C) and (j) of section 472 and section 474(a)(1) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 672, 674(a)(1)) (as amended by section 50712 of Public Law 115–123) to provide foster care maintenance payments for a child placed with a parent who is receiving treatment in a licensed residential family-based treatment facility for a substance use disorder) to support placing children with their parents in family-focused residential treatment programs.