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SF 440 - Appropriates Funds for Mental Health Services - Key Vote

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Steve Sodders voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Stage Details

Legislation - Referred to Committee (House) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (33-17) - (Key vote)

Title: Appropriates Funds for Mental Health Services

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that appropriates $42.83 million to the Department of Human Services for mental health services and establishes children's health programs.

  • Appropriates $42.83 million to the Department of Human Services for distribution to a county or region as follows (Sec. 15):
    • $31.39 million for appropriations to all counties or regions determined by the population of the county or region; and
    • $11.44 million for appropriations to certain counties or regions which reported “net expenditures from the county’s services fund” greater than the sum of the amounts appropriated to the county or region.
  • Defines “net expenditures from the county services fund” as county payments for non-Medicaid services for mental health, intellectual disability, and developmental disabilities services (Sec. 15).
  • Establishes the “Children’s Cabinet” to perform duties that include, but are not limited to, the following (Sec. 26):
    • Recommend operating provisions for homes for children implemented by the Department of Health Services;
    • Gather information on the policy’s affecting children and families, and address any overlap, gaps, or conflicts between service systems; and
    • Ensure services offered by the Department of Health Services are evidence-based.
  • Requires an agency or organization that receives a recommendation from the Children’s Cabinet to respond in writing and detail how the recommendation was addressed within 60 business days (Sec. 26).
  • Establishes the Center for Child Health Innovation and Excellence to address children’s health issues including, but not limited to, the following (Sec. 29):
    • Develop community-based initiates to promote healthy child development;
    • Develop early childhood mental health certification for professionals and others engaged in working with young children; and
    • Review and analyze public policy efforts directed towards child health. 


Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Appropriates Mental Health Services Funding

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