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  1. 2012 Legislative Update Indiana Council of Community Mental Health Centers 2012 Winter Quarterly Meeting Downtown Indianapolis Hilton Hotel February 9th, 2012

  2. Major Issues of 2012 Session Overview of Legislation Dominated by the “Right to Work” issue Work is now continuing on bills which have passed the House of origin and moved to the next House FSSA filed no major legislation with respect to ACA healthcare reform Minimal legislative issue impacting behavioral health this session ICCMHC public policy platform was distributed to all 150 legislators The ICCMHC legislative team, including Ms. McGuffey of LMV Consulting, continue to stress to legislators our concerns and issues in order to be positioned for the 2013 session, which is a budget year

  3. Behavioral/Healthcare 2012 Legislation Senate Bill 12 – Miller (R-32) Reestablishes the Office of Secretary under FSSA (specific authority officially expires under state statute) Removes specific emergency rule making authority This issue has been raised following FSSA application of emergency rules regarding rates for specific health providers Does allow certain emergency making authority for ACA required actions Bill has moved out of Senate and is now in the House Public Health Committee

  4. Behavioral/Healthcare 2012 Legislation Senate Bill 24 – Lawson (R-24) Provides for various changes to the Mental Health Advisory Committee, including the committee name and membership Requires a criminal background check for social workers, marriage and family therapists, and counselors Extends the grandfathering provision of addiction licensure until December, 2012 Provides for the reimbursement of travel expenses for members of the Commission on Mental Health and Addiction Provides additional authority for the DMHA Director with respect to SOF operations Repeals various outdated mental health provisions

  5. Behavioral/Healthcare 2012 Legislation SB 171 – Lawson (R-24) Establishes the forensic addictions fund to create grants to probation and community corrections programs to increase access to substance abuse treatment Bill was developed in the Commission on Mental Health and Addition Bill did not make it out of the Senate Health Committee primarily due to the potential for a fiscal impact, although no impact was included in the language. Hopefully, we can re-engage on this bill during the biennial budget process Senate Bill 225 – Miller (R-32) Extends the filing period for documents related to the Hospital Assessment Fee Bill has passed the Senate and is on first reading in the House

  6. Behavioral/Healthcare 2012 Legislation Senate Bill 310 – Hershman (R-7) Provides for additional authority for the Attorney General with respect to Medicaid fraud Bill did not make it out of Senate Health Committee, however, Senator Hershman has indicated he will find a home for the language The bill would significantly enhance the authority of the Attorney General in pursuing allegations of Medicaid fraud, including the use of data mining Health providers have expressed concern the bill would create issues for the period repayment, the definition of “knowledge” related to the providers involvement in an act of fraud, and the enhanced state authority that some believe is already in federal statutes

  7. Behavioral/Healthcare 2012 Legislation House Bill 1049 – Koch (R-65) Bill provides for the removal of caps on fees related to problem solving courts when such fees are used to support education or for treatment services Bill provides that a person may participate in a problem-solving court program as a condition of an informal adjustment program in a child in need of services proceeding. Bill has passed the House and is on first reading in the Senate

  8. Behavioral/Healthcare 2012 Legislation House Bill 1269 – Neese (R-48) Bill establishes the opportunity for Indiana to join a Healthcare Compact with other states, following approval of the US Congress Specifies that the state legislature of each member state has the primary responsibility to regulate health care in the member state's jurisdiction Allows member states of the compact to suspend all federal laws, regulations, and orders concerning health care that are inconsistent with the laws and regulations adopted by the member state under the compact Creates the interstate advisory health care commission consisting of individuals from member states. Bill passed the House with a vote of 62-35 and has moved to the Senate