HB 1537-FN - AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 1537-FN
SPONSORS: Rep. Klein-Knight, Hills. 11; Rep. Moran, Hills. 34; Rep. M. Murray, Hills. 22; Rep. Query, Hills. 16; Rep. Hyland, Hills. 38; Rep. Toll, Ches. 16; Rep. Espitia, Hills. 31; Rep. Rogers, Merr. 28; Rep. Marsh, Carr. 8; Rep. Burroughs, Carr. 1; Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Sen. Kahn, Dist 10
COMMITTEE: Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs
This bill establishes a mental health drop-in center pilot program in the department of health and human services and authorizes the department to use American Rescue Act funds to support the program.
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Two
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
I. The commissioner of the department of health and human services shall establish a pilot program to provide mental health drop-in center services. The mental health drop-in center services shall provide a peer-focused recovery model during daytime hours through a community-based, therapeutic, less restrictive alternative to hospitalization for acute psychiatric needs. The program shall assist clients in need of voluntary, short-term, non-crisis services that focus on recovery and wellness. Clients may refer themselves, be brought to the center by law enforcement, be brought to the center by family members, or be referred by an emergency department.
II. The pilot program shall be located in an area with an identified need for increased access to mental health services. Funds to support the pilot program shall be distributed by the department of health and human services.
III. The pilot program shall begin on January 1, 2023, and conclude July 1, 2025.
IV. By December 1, 2023, the commissioner shall submit a preliminary report to the governor and the appropriate committees of the legislature. The preliminary report shall include a survey of peer mental health programs that are operating in the state, including the location, type of services offered, and number of clients served. By December 1, 2024, the commissioner shall report to the governor and the appropriate committees of the legislature on the results of the pilot program. The report shall include information about the number of clients served, the needs of the clients, the method of referral for the clients, and recommendations on how to expand the program statewide, including any recommendations to account for different needs in urban and rural areas.
2 Pilot Program; Funding; American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The department of health and human services is authorized to use funds received by the state of New Hampshire pursuant to the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Public Law 117-2, for the purpose of funding the pilot program established in section 1 of this act.
HB 1537-FN- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ X ] Other - Federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a pilot program to provide mental health drop-in center services. The bill states that the pilot program shall be funded with available federal funds provided through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), but does not specify an amount or a backup funding source in the event ARPA funds are unavailable. The Department did not provide an estimate of the cost to establish a pilot program, but anticipates the need for additional staff and other resources to comply with the survey and reporting requirements contained in the bill.
The bill states the pilot program shall begin on January 1, 2023 and end on July 1, 2025. The fiscal impact is therefore expected to begin in FY23.
Department of Health and Human Services
|Jan. 24, 2022||House||Hearing|
Jan. 12, 2022: Public Hearing: 01/24/2022 01:20 pm LOB 210-211
Dec. 14, 2021: Introduced 01/05/2022 and referred to Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs