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Bill Detail: HB22-1278

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Title Behavioral Health Administration
Status Governor Signed (05/25/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Human Services
House Sponsors M. Young (D)
Senate Sponsors P. Lee (D)
C. Simpson (R)
House Committee Public and Behavioral Health & Human Services
Senate Committee Health and Human Services
Date Introduced 03/02/2022

The bill creates the behavioral health administration (BHA) in the
department of human services (department) to create a coordinated,
cohesive, and effective behavioral health system in the state. The BHA
will handle most of the behavioral health programs that were previously
handled by the office of behavioral health in the department. The bill
establishes a commissioner as the head of the BHA and authorizes the

commissioner and state board of human services to adopt and amend rules
that previously were promulgated by the executive director of the
By July 1, 2024, the bill requires the BHA to establish:
  • A statewide behavioral health grievance system;
  • A behavioral health performance monitoring system;
  • A comprehensive behavioral health safety net system;
  • Regionally-based behavioral health administrative service
  • The BHA as the licensing authority for all behavioral
health entities; and
  • The BHA advisory council to provide feedback to the BHA
on the behavioral health system in the state.
The bill transfers to the department of public health and
environment responsibility for community prevention and early
intervention programs previously administered by the department.
The bill makes extensive conforming amendments.

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