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Mental health policies modified

Published (5/13/2010)
By Lauren Radomski
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Children’s mental health policies are modified in a new law signed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty May 11.

Most of the new language relates to children from American Indian tribes who receive treatment for mental health concerns. The law gives Indian Health Service, and certain tribal health facilities the responsibility for determining a child’s level of care when one of those entities will be paying for it. It also specifies that a representative from a child’s tribe must be invited to be part of a “juvenile treatment screening team” that includes social workers, juvenile justice professionals and others.

Sponsored by Rep. Larry Hosch (DFL-St. Joseph) and Sen. Linda Berglin (DFL-Mpls), the law also directs the Department of Human Services to come up with a new rate structure for payment of mental health diagnostic assessments.

It takes effect Aug. 1, 2010.

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