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Committee to Continue Studies, Review Child Abuse and Neglect Topics

Thursday, December 31, 2015/Categories: Legislative Branch/Tags: Children Families Health & Human Services Interim

FOR RELEASE: Dec. 31, 2015

CONTACT: Sue O'Connell, 406-444-3597 or soconnell@mt.gov

HELENA - The Children, Families, Health, and Human Services Interim Committee will hear national and state perspectives on guardianship, dementia, and children's mental health outcomes when it meets Jan. 11 in Helena.

Members also will devote time to several aspects of the state's handling of child abuse and neglect complaints. 

As part of its ongoing information-gathering efforts for its study of guardianship and dementia, the committee will hear about:

  • national reform standards for guardianship;
  • home and community-based services for individuals with Alzheimer's disease or dementia who are eligible for Medicaid; and
  • respite care for people who are caring for individuals with dementia in their homes.

For their study of children's mental health outcomes, members will hear about what other states have done to track outcomes or tie payment for mental health services to outcomes. Speakers from Minnesota, Tennessee and Wyoming will discuss their efforts to measure outcomes or use performance-based contracting.
 
House Bill 422 requires the committee to develop legislation for a pilot project for improving outcomes and linking provider reimbursement to those outcomes.
 
Because of recent developments related to the state's handling of child abuse and neglect complaints, the committee has scheduled several presentations and an extended public comment period to discuss the topic. Presentations will cover a recent legislative performance audit, a report from the child and family ombudsman, an update on the efforts of the Protect Montana Kids Commission appointed by the governor, and concerns raised by relatives of children in the foster care system.
 
The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. on Jan. 11 in Room 137 of the Capitol in Helena. The agenda and meeting materials are available on the committee's website, at www.leg.mt.gov/cfhhs.

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