The Idaho Board of Health & Welfare Quarterly Meeting
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017
Board members have a full agenda — highlights include pending rule changes for Behavioral Health programs, substance use disorders, reportable diseases, EMS grants, newborn testing, certified family homes, residential habilitation agencies, as well as updates from the divisions of Medicaid, Behavioral Health, Welfare, and Family and Community Services. The board also will work through lunch to hear an update on the Idaho Healthcare Plan.
Read the full agenda here.
Department of Behavioral Health Rules for Upcoming 2018 Legislative Session:
These can also be found in the September Idaho Administration Bulletin.
16-0715-1701 – Behavioral Health Programs. This rulemaking updates these rules to clarify that an individual who has lived experience and is seeking to provide services as a peer, but whose Department Criminal History Check was denied, may apply for a Behavioral Health Waiver described in IDAPA 16.07.15, “Behavioral Health Programs.”
16-0717-1701 – Substance Use Disorders Services. The Division of Behavioral Health promulgated rules effective July 1, 2016, that removed the process for the Department’s Criminal History and Background Checks from this chapter and added them into IDAPA 16.07.15, “Behavioral Health Programs.” The unintended consequence of this action has been that providers of Recovery Support Services (RSS) only are unable to access the Behavioral Health waiver process established in rule when a Department Criminal History Check clearance is denied for an individual wanting to provide peer services. This rule change reinstates the Behavioral Health waiver process for “Recovery Support Services only” providers that are providing peer services. The Legal Authority section of these rules is being updated for statutes necessary for this requirement.
16-0730-1701 – Behavioral Health Community Crisis Centers. This rulemaking clarifies that the Behavioral Health waiver process is for individuals who have lived experience and are seeking to provide services as a peer, but whose Department Criminal History Check was denied. The waiver process in this chapter is being removed as being redundant and these rules refer to the Behavioral Health Waiver described in IDAPA 16.07.15, “Behavioral Health Programs.”
16-0733-1701 – Adult Mental Health Services. This rulemaking clarifies that the Behavioral Health waiver process is for individuals who have lived experience and are seeking to provide services as a peer, but whose Department Criminal History Check was denied. The waiver process in this chapter is being removed as being redundant and these rules refer to the Behavioral Health Waiver described in IDAPA 16.07.15, “Behavioral Health Programs.”
16-0750-1701 – MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR NONHOSPITAL, MEDICALLY-MONITORED DETOXIFICATION/MENTAL HEALTH DIVERSION UNITS. This rulemaking is to update these rules to allow an individual who has lived experience and is seeking to provide services as a peer, but whose Department Criminal History Check was denied, to apply for a Behavioral Health Waiver described in IDAPA 16.07.15, “Behavioral Health Programs.”
16-0503-1701 https://adminrules.idaho.gov/bulletin/2017/09.pdf#page=171 – RULES GOVERNING CONTESTED CASE PROCEEDINGS AND DECLARATORY RULINGS. These rule changes are being made to: meet court-ordered settlement agreements for expedited hearings and grievance processes for the Jeff D settlement agreement, comply with federal regulations, and provide benefits to consumers to use technological advances for filing of appeals for certain divisions, and to provide other needed internal appeals processes for divisional administrative reviews. Several changes are being made to remove and update obsolete language.
PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE: Public hearing(s) concerning these rulemakings will be scheduled if requested in writing by twenty-five (25) persons, a political subdivision, or an agency, not later than September 20, 2017. The hearing site(s) will be accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for accommodation must be made not later than five (5) days prior to the hearing, to the agency address below.
If you are interested in whats happening during this legislative session go to this link and click on “House Committee Agendas“, then click on “Health & Welfare” to find daily schedule updates. You can also visit the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee 2017 Budget Hearing Schedule.
Legislators do pay attention to communications from the people who live in the districts they represent. Persistent advocacy can pay off for you, your family, and our community! We’d like to bring your attention to ways you can get involved with legislation going forward.
- Ask yourself what you would like changed about the behavioral health system in Idaho and email us with the issue you want to see resolved, credible information, and possible solutions that could help resolve the issue.
- Stay up to date by viewing notices and agenda items on the Idaho Legislature Website.
- Remember – one legislator’s vote can make the difference in whether a bill becomes law. As a concerned citizen, you CAN make a big difference as you help your legislators understand and focus on issues that matter to you.
You can meet with legislators during legislative session, testify before a committee, phone call, or email them. *Always use your own personal story when crafting messages to legislators.* They want to know about real life stories, how state money is being spent, your visibility and connections within the district, and specific legislative actions that would make you happy. Relationships with lawmakers can be built by introducing yourself, sharing your story, localizing the issue, offering to be a resource, and then following through. These relationships should be maintained year round by email and social media, and attending advocacy events and community meetings.
Tips for Contacting Your Legislator to Support or Oppose a Bill:
1. Know who your Legislator is.
2. Find which Committee your bill of interest is in.
3. Call your Capitol office or Fax your Legislator a letter.
4. Tell them you are a constituent of the Legislator and you’re contacting them about a Senate Bill or Assembly Bill.
5. Tell them which Committee the bill is in and ask who staffs that Committee for the Legislator. If the bill already has passed committee and is before the full Senate or Assembly, ask who handles bills coming to the floor. Ask to talk to this person.
6. Introduce yourself and give them your address. Ask for their name and write it down.
7. Explain why you care about the bill and directly say you are calling to ask the Legislator to vote yes or no on the bill.
8. Follow up. If the legislator voted as you asked, thank them, and if they voted differently, politely express your disappointment and ask why.
Empower Idaho would love to hear your feedback, needs, preferences, or questions regarding behavioral health in Idaho including proposed and passed legislation. By compiling your input about legislative decisions, we are able to communicate the interests of those receiving behavioral health services and their family members to the State. Email us! We will report your confidential feedback (your name and/or organization will not be included) to the Department of Health and Welfare thereby acting as a sounding board and liaison between you and the State of Idaho. We can form a critical mass that represents the collective mindset regarding behavioral health in Idaho. By standing together, we can make a difference and help drive what happens at the Capitol and within the Division of Behavioral Health. Join us in helping to improve Idaho’s behavioral health system by letting your voice be heard!