For Immediate Release
May 27, 2015
Contact: Sue O'Connell, Legislative Research Analyst, 406-444-3597
Children and Families Committee to Plan for Mental Health, Guardianship Studies
HELENA -- The Children, Families, Health, and Human Services Interim Committee will meet in Helena on June 3 to decide how to proceed with mental health and guardianship studies that it will be working on between now and next fall.
The bipartisan legislative committee meets in between legislative sessions. Members will be undertaking three studies that stem from the following legislation:
- House Bill 422, requiring the committee to review evidence-based outcomes and performance-based pay for children's mental health providers in order to develop legislation for a pilot project;
- Senate Bill 418, directing the committee to monitor and evaluate the implementation of mental health initiatives funded during the 2015 legislative session and make recommendations to the 2017 Legislature on any needed changes; and
- Senate Joint Resolution 22, requesting a study of guardianship laws and services for elderly and disabled individuals.
The committee will review and act on draft study plans for each of the studies at its organizational meeting. Members also will elect officers and decide how to divide the committee's time among the assigned studies and other duties related to monitoring the Department of Public Health and Human Services.
Senate members of the committee are Mary Caferro, D-Helena; Eric Moore, R-Miles City; Diane Sands, D-Missoula; and Roger Webb, R-Billings. House members are Ron Ehli, R-Hamilton; Jessica Karjala, D-Billings; Al Olszewski, R-Kalispell; and Gordon Pierson, D-Deer Lodge.
The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Room 137 of the Capitol in Helena.