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REP. LOHMER’S HUMAN SERVICES BILL SIGNED INTO LAW
Legislation expands mental health treatment options for deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing children
ST. PAUL – Representative Kathy Lohmer’s (R-Lake Elmo) human services legislation, House File 2253, yesterday was signed into law, expanding interstate mental health treatment options for Minnesota children who are deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing.
“Although Minnesota has a strong reputation for providing quality mental health care for children who are deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing, some children require specialized care that is not offered here,” Representative Kathy Lohmer explained. “By allowing children to receive care in other states, families are able to look beyond Minnesota’s borders to ensure that their children receive the best possible care.”
Chapter 148, House File 2253 allows children who receive care under the state program Medical Assistance Services for Children with Severe Emotional Disturbance to pursue out-of-state treatment and specialized health care services from providers who abide under the Interstate Compact on Mental Health.
“Children with these special needs often receive expensive in-patient placements because they do not have access to 24-hour care,” Representative Lohmer added. “After implementation, our Medical Assistance program will save thousands of dollars a day while ensuring our state’s children receive the quality care they deserve.”
The House and Senate unanimously passed the legislation last week, and Senator Michelle Benson (R-Ham Lake) sponsored the companion.
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