Announcements

  • Friday, April 03, 2020 6:04 PM | Anonymous

    The list below highlights bills passed by the Maryland General Assembly during the 2020 Legislative Session which was cut short due to the current health crisis.  As of this posting date, all bills are currently awaiting the Governor’s signature before becoming law, with the exception of HB 1663/SB 1080, which Governor Hogan signed on March 19, 2020. Due to the current health crisis, the Governor has been unable to attend to bill signings. 

    State Budget

    As passed by the legislature, the budget includes a 4% Medicaid provider rate increase for behavioral health services, starting July 1, 2020.

    Licensing Board

    • HB 303/SB 182 – State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists - Sunset Extension and Program Evaluation. This bill extends the Board’s sunset date through July 1, 2026.  In addition, the Board must provide regular updates to the Maryland General Assembly through 2025 on:
    • Addressing the Board’s complaint backlog;
    • Adoption of regulations related to education and experience requirements; and
    • Establishing an Alcohol and Drug Counselor Subcommittee.

    Service Directories

    • HB 332/SB 441 – Mental Health - Confidentiality of Medical Records and Emergency Facilities List. This bill requires the Maryland Department of Health to include in its list of emergency facilities: comprehensive crisis response centers, crisis stabilization centers, crisis treatment centers, and outpatient mental health clinics. The list has historically only included hospitals with emergency departments and is made available an annual basis to health departments, judges, sheriff’s offices, police stations, and Secret Service office in the state.  The revised list will also now be sent to local behavioral health authorities.
    • HB 1121 – Maryland Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Registry and Referral System. This bill establishes a behavioral health services registry and referral system in the Department of Health so health care providers can identify and access available inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services for patients/clients.

    Telehealth

    The legislature passed three telehealth bills impacting behavioral health services:

    • HB 448/SB 402 – Health Care Practitioners - Telehealth and Shortage. This bill permits all licensed health care practitioners to provide telehealth services using synchronous and asynchronous technologies according to existing standards of care and applicable laws related to consent, privacy, and prescribing.
    • HB 1208/SB 502 – Telehealth - Mental Health and Chronic Condition Management Services - Coverage and Pilot Program. This bill requires Medicaid to reimburse mental health services provided to a patient in their home.  Currently, Medicaid requires an individual to be in a clinical setting in order for the provider to seek reimbursement.  Medicaid must also study and report by December 1, 2021 on the appropriateness of providing substance use disorder services in a patient’s home.  The bill also requires private insurers who reimburse for telehealth services to provide reimbursement on par with in-person service rates.
    • HB 1663/SB 1080 - State Government - State of Emergency and Catastrophic Health Emergency - Authority of Governor and Unemployment Insurance Benefits (COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Protection Act of 2020). This emergency legislation includes requirements related to COVID-19 for the coverage of services, testing, and telehealth. This includes permitting the Governor to waive existing telehealth requirements for health care providers.  The bill is effective through April 30, 2021.

    Behavioral Health in Schools

    • HB 277/SB 367 – State Department of Education - Guidelines on Trauma-Informed Approach. This bill requires the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to develop and distribute guidelines to assist schools with implementing comprehensive trauma-informed policies.  MSDE must consult with the Department of Health and the Department of Human Services in developing the guidelines.
    • HB 1300/SB 1000 – Blueprint for Maryland's Future – Implementation. This bill implements recommendations from the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, also known as the Kirwan Commission.  The bill includes two funding mechanisms for the provision of behavioral health services:
      • Per Pupil Funding for Wraparound Services: Starting in FY 22, schools with a concentration of poverty between 55% and 100% will receive funding on a sliding scale for wraparound services, including increased access to mental health practitioners and professional development to school staff to provide trauma-informed interventions. 
      • Maryland Consortium on Coordinated Community Supports: This new entity will coordinate community behavioral health supports and services in schools, including providing grants to support services in schools.  Funding will be phased in, beginning in FY 22 at $25 million.  By FY 26, the annual funding allocation will be $125 million a year.
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 5:01 PM | Anonymous

    LCPCM has been monitoring the CDC recommendations about COVID-19. In light of the information provided, we have decided to cancel our Spring conference. We will offer refunds to people who are registered, in the original form of payment. This was not an easy decision to make, but we want to protect the health and safety of our members.

    All trainings currently being offered by LCPCM have moved to an online format, until otherwise indicated. If you are registered for the supervision training this weekend, please check your email for instructions.

    Attached is notification from the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health that explains some of the expanded and temporary changes to teletherapy regulations. LCPCM is staying involved in current legislative changes that might allow a temporary suspension of certain telehealth rules during emergencies. We will keep everyone up to date as we learn new information. Here is a link for a House bill working it's way through currently/ 

    Please remember that the most important thing we can do in difficult situations is take care of ourselves. We realize the level of stress that comes along with our jobs, and the impact can be great. Please find ways to practice self-care- call a friend, exercise, eat balanced meals, get adequate sleep, do things that you enjoy (you know the drill!). Below is a resource for a meditation app which can be accessed by healthcare workers for the next 6 months AT NO COST from Ten Percent Happier: How to Redeem Your Complimentary Subscription Code. To claim your complimentary subscription you’ll redeem the gift code (HEALTHCARE) on our website. Then log into the mobile app on your Apple or Android device using the same Ten Percent Happier account and all the subscription contents of the app will be unlocked.

    Redeem Your Code

    If you don’t yet have a Ten Percent Happier app account,  create an account using one of these methods:

    • Use an email and password that you'll use to log into the mobile app 
      Tap Sign up with Apple
    • Tap Sign up with Facebook

    Another great way to reduce stress is to only seek information about COVID-19 from reputable sources, such as the CDC. Here is a link for ways to protect yourself from getting sick. Please remember to wash your hands and be mindful of staying home if you are feeling sick. 

    We wish everyone good health.
    LCPCM

  • Monday, March 16, 2020 5:02 PM | Anonymous

    All trainings currently being offered by LCPCM have moved to an online format, until otherwise indicated. If you are registered for the supervision training this weekend, please check your email for instructions.



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