Synopsis As Introduced Creates the Behavioral Health Workforce Act. Creates the Behavioral Health Education Center, administered by a teaching or research State university, or both. Provides that the Center shall be operational on or before July 1, 2019. Provides that the Center shall: (1) provide funds for 2 additional medical residents in a State-based psychiatry program each year beginning July 1, 2019 until a total of 8 additional psychiatry residents are added in 2022; (2) provide funds for 5 one-year doctoral-level psychology internships, master social workers, and master level clinical professional counselors in this State within 12 months after the effective date of this Act and every year thereafter and increase the number of interns in the program to 10 within 36 months after the effective date of this Act. Provides that the interns shall be placed in communities so as to increase access to behavioral health services for patients residing in rural and underserved areas of this State; and (3) beginning July 1, 2020, develop 5 behavioral health interdisciplinary training sites each year until a total of 20 sites have been developed. Provides that 10 of the 20 sites shall be in counties with a population of fewer than 50,000 inhabitants. Requires the Center to perform other duties. Provides that no later than December 1 of every odd-numbered year, the Center shall prepare a report of its activities under the Behavioral Health Workforce Act. Provides that the report shall be filed electronically with the General Assembly and shall be provided electronically to any member of the General Assembly upon request.
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Creates the Behavioral Health Workforce Education Center Task Force Act. Creates the Behavioral Health Workforce Education Center Task Force. Establishes membership. Provides that the Task Force shall meet to organize and select a chairperson from the non-governmental members of the Task Force upon appointment of a majority of the members. Provides that the chairperson shall be elected by a majority vote of the members of the Task Force. Provides that the Board of Higher Education shall provide technical support and administrative assistance to the Task Force and shall be responsible for administering its operations and ensuring that the requirements of this Act are met. Provides that the Task Force may consult with any persons or entities it deems necessary to carry out its purposes. Provides that the members of the Task Force shall receive no compensation for serving as members of the Task Force. Provides that the Task Force shall study the concepts presented in House Bill 5111, as introduced, of the 100th General Assembly, Provides that the Task Force shall consider the fiscal means by which the General Assembly might most effectively fund implementation of the concepts presented in House Bill 5111, as introduced, of the 100th General Assembly. Effective immediately.