HOUSE BILL NO. 5178

October 29, 2019, Introduced by Reps. Vaupel, Liberati and Frederick and referred to the Committee on Health Policy.

A bill to amend 1974 PA 258, entitled

"Mental health code,"

(MCL 330.1001 to 330.2106) by adding section 206a.

the people of the state of michigan enact:

Sec. 206a. (1) The department shall do all of the following:

(a) Establish, maintain, and revise, as necessary, a uniform community mental health services credentialing program for state department or agency use as required in this section. The department shall use the community mental health services credentialing program to implement the services described in section 206 by contracting with a national nonprofit alliance of health plans and related associations that is a National Committee for Quality Assurance certified credentialing verification organization that operates and maintains a common data warehouse for providers to be used in the community mental health services provider credentialing process. The state department's or agency's credentialing and recredentialing process must be compliant with National Committee for Quality Assurance standards. In complying with this subsection, the department may consult with other state departments and agencies that are required to comply with the program established under this section.

(b) Ensure that the uniform credentialing program does all of the following:

(i) Creates uniformity in this state to streamline providing community mental health services by state departments and agencies and to enhance workforce development, training education, and service delivery.

(ii) Eliminates hardship surrounding the functioning and operating of community mental health services provided by state departments and agencies to residents of this state.

(iii) Establishes a uniform credentialing requirement for individuals who provide community mental health services through a state department or agency, by requiring providers of community mental health services to establish, maintain, revise, and make available, as necessary, a profile in the data warehouse provided by a national nonprofit alliance of health plans and related associations that is a National Committee for Quality Assurance certified credentialing verification organization containing information necessary for the community mental health services credentialing process, which must be compliant with National Committee for Quality Assurance standards.

(iv) Promotes policies that support adequate staffing and evidence-based skills or training to meet the needs of the residents of this state and the state departments and agencies that provide community mental health services.

(v) Complies with the national certification standards for community mental health counselors and professionals.

(vi) Meets the needs of the populations served by each state department or agency that provides, either directly or through a contract, community mental health services to residents of this state.

(c) By 6 months after the effective date of the amendatory act that added this section and annually after that date, submit a report to the legislature that describes its activities under this section, including the establishment of and any revisions to the uniform credentialing program.

(2) A state department or agency that provides, either directly or through a contract, community mental health services to residents of this state shall comply with the uniform credentialing program and utilize the provider information in the data warehouse as provided in subsection (1). On and after the date the uniform credentialing program is certified by the director of the department as in full force and effect, the state department or agency subject to this subsection shall ensure that all of its forms, processes, and contracts it uses and that relate to its provision of community mental health services comply with the uniform credentialing program.

(3) As used in this section:

(a) "Community mental health services" means services provided under a community mental health services program, including treatment and rehabilitation services.

(b) "Uniform credentialing program" or "program" means the uniform community mental health services credentialing program established, maintained, and revised as required in subsection (1)(a).