SUMMARY OF BILL
REPORTED FROM COMMITTEE
Ways and Means
The bill would amend the Mental Health Code to do the following:
-- 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, and require the credentialing program to meet specified requirements.
-- Require the DHHS's credentialing and recredentialing process to comply with national standards.
-- Require the DHHS to submit to the Legislature, within six months after the bill's effective date, a report that described its activities under the bill, including the establishment of and any revisions to the credentialing program.
-- Require a State department or agency that provided community mental health services to Michigan residents to comply with the credentialing program and to use the provider information profile maintained by the DHHS.
-- Specify that the bill would not apply to health plans under contract in the State to provide services under Medicaid or health plans or insurers regulated by the Insurance Code.
-- Require the credentialing and recredentialing process to be conducted and documented for certain health professionals.
The requirement to establish a credentialing process in the bill would lead to minor administrative costs for the State and for Local Community Mental Health Services Programs.
This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan Senate staff for use by the Senate in its deliberations and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.