1. The state payment to eligible counties under this section shall be made as provided in sections 331.438 and 426B.2. A county is eligible for the state payment, as defined in section 331.438, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1996, and for subsequent fiscal years if the director of human services, in consultation with the state-county management committee, determines for a specific fiscal year that all of the following conditions are met:
a. The county accurately reported by December 1 the county's expenditures for mental health, mental retardation, and developmental disabilities services for the previous fiscal year on forms prescribed by the department of human services.
b. The county developed and implemented a county management plan for the county's mental health, mental retardation, and developmental disabilities services in accordance with the provisions of this paragraph. The plan shall comply with the administrative rules adopted for this purpose by the council on human services and is subject to the approval of the director of human services in consultation with the state-county management committee created in section 331.438. The plan shall include a description of the county's service management provision for mental health, mental retardation, and developmental disabilities services. For mental retardation and developmental disabilities service management, the plan shall describe the county's development and implementation of a managed system of cost-effective individualized services and shall comply with the provisions of paragraph "d". The goal of this part of the plan shall be to assist the individuals served to be as independent, productive, and integrated into the community as possible. The service management provisions for mental health shall comply with the provisions of paragraph "c".
c. (1) For mental health service management, the county may either directly implement a system of service management and contract with service providers, or contract with a private entity to manage the system, provided all requirements of this lettered paragraph are met by the private entity. The mental health service management shall incorporate a single entry point and clinical assessment process developed in accordance with the provisions of section 331.440. The county shall submit this part of the plan to the department of human services for approval by April 1 for the succeeding year. Initially, this part of the plan shall be submitted to the department by April 1, 1996, and the county shall implement the approved plan by July 1, 1996.
(2) The basis for determining whether a managed care system for mental health proposed by a county is comparable to a mental health managed care contractor approved by the department of human services shall include but is not limited to all of the following elements which shall be specified in administrative rules adopted by the council on human services in consultation with the state-county management committee:
(a) The enrollment and eligibility process.
(b) The scope of services included.
(c) The method of plan administration.
(d) The process for managing utilization and access to services and other assistance.
(e) The quality assurance process.
(f) The risk management provisions and fiscal viability of the provisions, if the county contracts with a private managed care entity.
d. For mental retardation and developmental disabilities services management, the county must either develop and implement a managed system of care which addresses a full array of appropriate services and cost-effective delivery of services or contract with a state-approved managed care contractor or contractors. Any system or contract implemented under this paragraph shall incorporate a single entry point and clinical assessment process developed in accordance with the provisions of section 331.440. The elements of the managed system of care and the state-approved managed care contract or contracts shall be specified in rules developed by the department of human services in consultation with the state-county management committee and adopted by the council on human services. Initially, this part of the plan shall be submitted to the department for approval on or before October 1, 1996, and shall be implemented on or before January 1, 1997. In fiscal years succeeding the fiscal year of initial implementation, this part of the plan shall be submitted to the department of human services for approval by April 1 for the succeeding fiscal year.
e. Changes to the approved plan are submitted at least sixty days prior to the proposed change and are not to be implemented prior to the director of human services' approval.
2. The county management plan shall address the county's criteria for serving persons with chronic mental illness, including any rationale used for decision making regarding this population.
3. a. For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1996, and succeeding fiscal years, the county's mental health, mental retardation, and developmental disabilities service expenditures for a fiscal year are limited to a fixed budget amount. The fixed budget amount shall be the amount identified in the county's management plan and budget for the fiscal year. The county shall be authorized an allowed growth factor adjustment as established by statute for services paid from the county's services fund under section 331.424A which is in accordance with the county's management plan and budget, implemented pursuant to this section. The statute establishing the allowed growth factor adjustment shall establish the adjustment for the fiscal year which commences two years from the beginning date of the fiscal year in progress at the time the statute is enacted.
b. Based upon information contained in county management plans and budgets, the state-county management committee shall recommend an allowed growth factor adjustment to the governor by November 15 for the fiscal year which commences two years from the beginning date of the fiscal year in progress at the time the recommendation is made. The allowed growth factor adjustment shall address costs associated with new consumers of service, service cost inflation, and investments for economy and efficiency. In developing the service cost inflation recommendation, the committee shall consider the cost trends indicated by the gross expenditure amount reported in the expenditure reports submitted by counties pursuant to subsection 1, paragraph "b"*. The governor shall consider the committee's recommendation in developing the governor's recommendation for an allowed growth factor adjustment for such fiscal year. The governor's recommendation shall be submitted at the time the governor's proposed budget for the succeeding fiscal year is submitted in accordance with chapter 8.
c. The amount of the appropriation required to fund the allowed growth factor adjustment for a fiscal year shall be calculated by applying the adjustment established by statute for that fiscal year to the sum of the following:
(1) The total amount of base year expenditures for all counties.
(2) The total amount of the appropriations for allowed growth factor adjustments made to all counties in all of the fiscal years prior to that fiscal year.
4. A county may provide assistance to service populations with disabilities to which the county has historically provided assistance but who are not included in the service management provisions required under subsection 1, subject to the availability of funding.
5. A county shall implement the county's management plan in a manner so as to provide adequate funding for the entire fiscal year by budgeting for ninety-nine percent of the funding anticipated to be available for the plan. A county may expend all of the funding anticipated to be available for the plan.
6. The director's approval of a county's mental health, mental retardation, and developmental disabilities services management plan shall not be construed to constitute certification of the county's budget.
7. A county shall annually report data concerning the services managed by the county. At a minimum, the data reported shall indicate the number of different individuals who utilized services in a fiscal year and the various types of services. Data reported under this subsection shall be submitted with the county's expenditure report required under subsection 1, paragraph "b".*
8. A county's management plans submitted under this section shall allow for the service needs of all ages of persons for whom expenditures may be made from the county's services fund.
94 Acts, ch 1163, §3; 95 Acts, ch 206, §15; 96 Acts, ch 1205, §3; 97 Acts, ch 169, § 22--;24; 97 Acts, ch 198, § 4; 97 Acts, ch 206, § 18
Referred to in § 222.60, 222.73, 230.20, 235A.15, 235B.6, 331.424A, 331.438
1996 amendments to subsection 3 first apply to the budget process for fiscal year beginning July 1, 1997; 96 Acts, ch 1205, § 11 ~I*Subsection 1, paragraph "a" probably intended; corrective legislation is pending ~I1997 amendment to subsection 1, paragraph "a" by 97 Acts, ch 206, § 18, applies to budgets prepared for fiscal years beginning on or after July 1, 1998; 97 Acts, ch 206, § 24 ~ISubsection 8 first applies to plans applicable to the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1997; 97 Acts, ch 169, § 25 ~IEstablishment and distribution of allowed growth factor adjustment through fiscal year ending June 30, 1999; 97 Acts, ch 198, § 1
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