The Apparent Death of Section 298
Following the Governor’s veto of budget section 298, the state Department of Health & Human Services has terminated the section 298 pilot programs.
The department says it wants to find new ways to improve behavioral health services and the integration of those services with medical care. Re the latter, the department says integration at both the service delivery and appropriation levels will be on the table.
The department’s stated intent is to periodically distribute vision, service structure, and integration ideas, with feedback solicited from stakeholders. The first such piece may be out soon. We look forward to being involved in the process.
Is it possible the Legislature could re-insert 298 language in a supplemental budget bill? Yes, but we don’t think such an effort would ultimately prevail.
Thanks to everyone who has been involved in the effort of the last three years to point out the deficiencies of the section 298 approach.
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