Legislative Plan

Legislative Plan for 2021

Support the restoration of funding in FY 22as approved in the Budget signed on 18 November, 2020 for:

  • Mental Health Provider Rates – $2.5M

  • Adult Dental Benefit – $17.5M

  • Rate Increase for Skilled and Private Duty Nursing – $6.2M

  • Discharge Assistance Plans – $10M

  • Permanent Supportive Housing – $17M

  • Behavioral Health Redesign – $10.3M

  • DD Waiver Rates for Community Integration Services – $3.7M

  • Funding for 250 DD Waiver Slots – $4.1M


The detailed analysis from DMAS on the impact of minimum wage increases, delayed because of COVID, will not be completed in time to provide information necessary to affect the rates before the increase to $11.00/hour projected for January 2022.  The increase should be delayed until July 1, 2022 to permit action by the General Assembly to adjust the rates.


Submit Budget language to direct DBHDS to complete the DD Waiver Service Rebase for submission for the Governor’s Budget for FY22-FY24


Submit Budget language for Hazard Pay for direct care staff in Residential, Supported Living, In-Home and Sponsored Residential Services utilizing a payment structure like that approved for Personal Care Aides if additional Federal Funds are available for the purpose.  Est cost $40M


Support the request for the authority to support the continuation of audio-only health services and new telehealth services after the expiration of the public health emergency.


Mandate that DMAS request to extend, either through Emergency Authority (Appendix K) and/or via amendment to the Waiver, the authority to allow telehealth and virtual and/or distance learning for Therapeutic Consult, Group Day, Community Engagement and Community Coaching, Supported Employment, In-Home and Benefits Planning, and delivery of Group Day services in the residential setting for the duration plus 90 days of the Governor’s declared state of emergency.