Chapter 258 of the Acts of 2014 section 44

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Chapter 258 of the Acts of 2014

SECTION 44. (a) There shall be a special commission to investigate the expansion and enhancement of the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Access (MABHA) website, operated by the office of Medicaids behavioral health vendor. The commission shall make recommendations on ways to improve provider, carrier and public search capabilities to locate inpatient beds, services and placement for individuals with mental health and substance abuse needs in real-time for the purpose of referring individuals in need of services. The committee shall (1) develop a list of additional services and facilities to include as part of the website, (2) develop requirements for submission of information on service availability and publication of the information on the website in real-time, including requirements for frequency of data submission and reporting, (3) develop requirements for additional information to be posted on the website, including any admission requirements or restrictions, (4) develop recommendations that the department of mental health, the department of public health and other appropriate state agencies may adopt under existing regulatory authority to create and enhance access for said placement services and (5) develop recommendations as to whether the website should be a state run and operated function.

(b) The special committee shall be comprised of the following 9 members: the commissioner of mental health or designee, who shall serve as chair, the commissioner of public health or designee, the director of the office of Medicaid or designee, 1 representative of each of the following 6 organizations: the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership, the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans, the Massachusetts Hospital Association, the Massachusetts Medical Society, the Massachusetts Association of Behavioral Health Systems and the Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians.

(c) The commission shall hold its first meeting within 90 days after the effective date of this act. The commission shall file a report detailing its work and findings, including any legislative or regulatory recommendations, with the house and senate committees on ways and means, the joint committee on health care financing, the joint committee on mental health and substance abuse and the clerks of the house of representatives and the senate, not later than December 31, 2014.

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