April 30, 2019

Busy Legislative Session Underway
As expected, the 2019 long session of the General Assembly is busy with committees meeting regularly.  The budget, initiated by the House this year, is expected to be published at any moment.  At that point, activities will likely ramp up to chaotic.  
As of April 29th over 1,000 bills have been filed in the House and nearly 700 bills have been filed in the Senate. A number of those bills are related to MH/IDD/SUD services. All of these bills can be found on the General Assembly website by choosing "find a bill" and putting the bill number into the search engine on the top right corner of the homepage. Here is a review of some of the more notable bills.

BH/IDD Tailored Plan Eligibility and Enrollment
NC DHHS published a "Final Guidance" paper entitled, BH/IDD Tailored Plan Eligibility and Enrollment.  This paper accompanies the November 2017 concept paper, "BH/IDD Tailored Plan" and further specifies eligibility requirements for the BH/IDD Tailored Plan and enrollment in the BH/IDD Tailored Plan.  

NC Medicaid Offers a Seven-Year Forecast for Transformation
A report that provides a glimpse of the expectations for savings through the implementation of managed care was
recently submitted to the General Assembly by NC DHHS.  The report provides a seven-year forecast for Medicaid Transformation. It  includes projections of costs and savings based on certain assumptions as well as the anticipated number of enrollees. 

Policy Training for Child Mental Health a Success
There are s imultaneous  changes occurring at the federal and state level impacting service delivery for children with mental health needs in NC, ranging from Medicaid transformation to changes in DSS, new school-based mental health opportunities, and more. The i2i Center, with the support of the Division of MH/DD/SAS, hosted a day long training for 140 attendees in March on Public System Changes Impacting System of Care for Children, Youth and Families

Attendee Mary Jo Van Horne, CPM, District Administrator, Guardian ad Litem commented on the event saying, "Well done i2i! It was a day well spent. Important information by great subject experts. I am taking the information back to the Guardian ad Litem Advocates in Judicial District 9. It will help our representation of children with cases in court because of abuse and neglect."

Plan to Attend!
Spring Conference 6/10-11
Pathways 2 Progress 

With the addition of more sessions, this year's conference is sure to cover the information and topics you need to be prepared for the changes to Medicaid, the move to integrated care, and how to work with the state's new Prepaid Health Plans (PHPs). By addressing topics such as Value-based care, Standard Plan operations, progress on the Medicaid Tailored Plan, effective use of technology, service challenges, and the effective utilization of Peer Support, this conference will provide guidance to support stakeholder readiness for a managed care system that integrates all aspects of healthcare.

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CMS Offering States Options to Care for Dual Eligibles
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) recently sent a letter to State Medicaid Directors recognizing the importance of providing better care to individuals who are dually eligible while saving the system money.  According to CMS, dually eligible consumers account for 20% of Medicare enrollees, but spend 34% of the budget. The letter offers states three new integrated care models to consider. 

To learn about CMS dual eligible model options,  click here.      

I'm IN: Community Inclusion to Host Meeting at Spring Conference    
I'm IN will host an open meeting for individuals and organizations actively involved in advancing community inclusion for people with mental illness on June 11th in Raleigh. Participants will learn up-to-date information about statewide (and grassroots efforts) to promote and support inclusion. A panel that includes individuals with lived experience and national leaders on community inclusion will suggests ways we can self-organize to achieve maximum impact in North Carolina.
There is NO COST to attend, but seating is limited.  You must register to attend. 

i2i Partners with PsychHub
i2 i has become a partner with  PsychHub , a free online platform providing engaging videos about mental health, substance use and suicide prevention. The program was founded by Patrick J. Kennedy and Marjorie Morrison in 2018. It is described as, "reimagining behavioral health and substance use education through intentional and thoughtful design...By combining clinical research and the art of storytelling, our videos provide engaging and credible mental health, substance use, and suicide prevention information that is accessible to everyone."

The web content is meant to help individuals better understand their healthcare journey, from identifying symptoms to setting expectations for their providers during treatment. The stories in the videos are brought to life through animation and effectively demonstrate the many faces of mental health and substance use disorders.
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