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.
As passed by the legislature, the budget includes a 4% Medicaid provider rate increase for behavioral health services, starting July 1, 2020.
The legislature passed three telehealth bills impacting behavioral health services:
Behavioral Health in Schools
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:
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.