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LB 270: Provide community-based services for children and youth with serious emotional disturbance

As introduced: LB 270 requires that no later than September 1, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services submit a state plan amendment or waiver under the federal Social Security Act to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The amendment or waiver is to provide coverage under the designated medical assistance programs for home and community based services specifically for children with serious emotional disturbances.

The amendment or waiver must serve youth who are four through twenty years old that have been deinstitutionalized or diverted from a psychiatric hospital level of care. Services under the waiver shall include, but not be limited to: attendant care, independent living and skills building, short-term respite care, parent support and training, professional resource family care, and facilitation of wrap-around services. Wrap-around services are strength-based individualized, community-based services for a family with a child with serious emotional disturbance.

Introducing Senator(s): Campbell

Committee: Health and Human Services

Committee Hearing Date: February 7, 2013

Current Status: Not voted out of committee

Estimated Fiscal Impact: Total expenditures for the 1915(c) waiver option are estimated at $5,715,679 ($2,857,840 General Fund, $2,857,839 Federal Funds) for FY14, and $72,241,671 ($33,703,456 General Fund, $38,538,215 Federal Funds) for FY15.

Voices for Children’s Position: Support

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