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(Source: National Council for Behavioral Health, Capitol Connector, June 20, 2019)

On Tuesday, the House voted to pass the “Empowering Beneficiaries, Ensuring Access, and Strengthening Accountability Act of 2019 (HR 3253),” which would extend funding for certain Medicaid programs. Under the provision, funding for the eight-state Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) demonstration program would be extended for another two and a half years until December 21, 2021. There was overwhelming bipartisan support of HR 3253, passing with a vote of 371-46. The bill must now go to the Senate for a vote before the CCBHC demonstration program expires on June 30, 2019. Read more.

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Ted Dallas, most recently Special Advisor to Governor Wolf and former Secretary of the Department of Human Services (DHS), joined RCPA member NHS, a leading provider of community-based, nonprofit education and human services, as Chief Operating Officer (COO) on March 12.

“Having worked with former Secretary Dallas over the years, we are confident that he will make an outstanding addition to the NHS team,” said RCPA President and CEO Richard Edley. “RCPA wishes Ted much success in his new role and we look forward to working with him and NHS to continue improving services to those living with disabilities in the Commonwealth.”

See the NHS press release here.

Mental Health Weekly (MHW) editor’s note: “As in past Special Preview Issues, we asked our readers to send us their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities awaiting the field in 2018. Here are their comments.”

RCPA President & CEO Richard Edley’s comments on value-based purchasing as related to behavioral health have been featured in the above referenced article in Mental Health Weekly, January 1, 2018 Issue (page 3).

“As we enter 2018, one of the most pressing issues for behavioral health providers is the movement, or rush, toward “value-based purchasing” (VBP). Indeed, this is the catchphrase of the year. But what is value-based purchasing when it comes to behavioral health?…” See full article here.