This bill extends emergency psychiatric care demonstration projects that are currently limited to three years through fiscal year 2016 for any states that were selected for the program prior to March 2012 if they meet certain financial criteria to maintain budget neutrality. Under current law, the program will expire at the end of 2015 in the 11 states that have been participating.
An additional extension through 2019 would be available to states if the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) determines that their participation won’t lead to a net increase in Medicaid spending.
HHS must submit its recommendations to Congress on the following subjects:
Whether the demonstration project should be continued after September 30, 2016;
Whether it should be expanded to additional states, or be permanently continued after 2019 in one or more states;
If the demonstration project should be expanded on a nationwide basis.