Bill updating criteria for subtance abuse treatment clears House committee

01/18/2018 04:40 PM

FRANKFORT — A House bill aimed at enhancing comprehensive standards and criteria for substance use disorder treatment and recovery services and mandating a review of treatment outcomes by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services easily cleared a House Committee on Thursday.

House Bill 124 , filed by Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, and co-sponsored by Rep. Kim Moser, R-Taylor Mill, calls for enhanced standards and criteria for substance abuse treatment and recovery programs in Kentucky. As Wuchner explains, there are numerous recovery programs around the state offering treatment, and the legislation would keep key components of that treatment in line.

Dr. Allen Brenzel, clinical director of the Department of Behavioral Health, Development and Intellectual Disabilities in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, told the committee told lawmakers the legislation has several other critical components.

As Brenzel explained, there is another component of the legislation which would force the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to track outcomes after treatment.

Brenzel was also asked by Rep. Darryl Owens, D-Louisville, how the 1115 Medicaid waiver, known as Kentucky Health, would affect treatment. Brenzel said the waiver would actually add to treatment beds and provide the full continuum of coverage.

Medicaid enrollees are also expected to retain health coverage if they enter a treatment program — they would be deemed medically frail and would not lose coverage, he said. Brenzel said that population would, over time, need to participate in community engagement requirements and outpatient meetings would qualify for the participation.

The bill now moves to the full House for consideration.

Nick Storm

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  • Steve Shannon wrote on January 19, 2018 10:08 AM :

    Congrats to Reps Wuchner & Moser – this is a good bill for individuals, families, providers and the Commonwealth. Individuals and families will be assured of quality services, excellent providers will be recognized and dollars invested by the Commonwealth will be spent prudently!

    Congrats and bonne chance for a speedy passage!

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