UNIFORM COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH

SERVICES CREDENTIALING PROGRAM

House Bill 5178 as introduced

Sponsor:  Rep. Hank Vaupel

Committee:  Health Policy

Complete to 12-5-19

SUMMARY:

House Bill 5178 would amend the Mental Health Code to require the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to establish, maintain, and revise, as necessary, a uniform community mental health services credentialing program for state department or agency use. DHHS would have to use the credentialing program to implement the community mental health (CMH) services program by contracting with a certified organization that operates and maintains a common data warehouse for providers to be used in the CMH services provider credentialing process.

The department’s or agency’s credentialing and recredentialing process would have to be compliant with National Committee for Quality Assurance standards. In complying with this requirement, DHHS could consult with other state departments and agencies that are required to comply with the credentialing program.

Additionally, DHHS would have to ensure that the credentialing program does all of the following:

·         Creates uniformity in Michigan to streamline the provision of CMH services by state departments and agencies and to enhance workforce development, training education, and service delivery.

·         Eliminates hardship around the functioning and operating of CMH services provided by state departments and agencies to Michigan residents.

·         Establishes a uniform credentialing requirement for individuals who provide CMH services through a state department or agency, by requiring providers of CMH services to make profiles in the provided data warehouse containing information necessary for the CMH credentialing process, in compliance with National Committee for Quality Assurance standards.

·         Promotes policies that support adequate staffing and evidence-based skills or training.

·         Complies with the national certification standards for CMH counselors and professionals.

·         Meets the needs of populations served by each state department or agency providing CMH services.

Within six months after the bill took effect and annually thereafter, DHHS would have to submit a report to the legislature describing its activities in effecting the goals listed above, including the establishment of and any revisions to the credentialing program.

A state department or agency providing CMH services to Michigan residents would have to comply with the credentialing program and utilize the provider information in the data warehouse. Once the credentialing program was certified as being in full force and effect by the DHHS director, the state departments and agencies falling under it would have to ensure compliance with it.

Proposed MCL 330.206a

FISCAL IMPACT:

A preliminary fiscal analysis indicates this bill would have a minimal one-time fiscal cost for the state to establish a uniform credentialing program and a negligible fiscal impact on an ongoing basis. The bill would have a negligible fiscal impact on local CMHSPs outside of any one-time training and transitional costs to move from their current credentialing program to the uniform credentialing program. It is likely that this program would be eligible for federal Medicaid administration funding, which reimburses the state for 50% of the total cost.

                                                                                        Legislative Analyst:   Jenny McInerney

                                                                                                Fiscal Analyst:   Kevin Koorstra

This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency staff for use by House members in their deliberations, and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.