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Budget Summary FY2016

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15992004 - Health Care Cost Containment Reserve
Data Current as of:  8/19/2015

Account Description FY2015
1599-2004 Health Care Cost Containment Reserve
For a reserve to be administered by the health policy commission to develop a pilot program to implement a model of field triage of behavioral health patients under medical control by specially-trained emergency medical services providers, care for appropriate patients at home by such providers in coordination with behavioral health care providers, and transport of appropriate, non-medically complex patients to a behavioral health site of care for most effective treatment rather than to an acute hospital emergency department; provided, that the commission shall implement this pilot to triage behavioral health patients in the greater Quincy area affected by the recent hospital closure; provided further, that in developing the program, the commission shall consider evidence-based practices from successful programs implemented locally, nationally, or internationally; provided further, that the commission shall report to the joint committee on mental health and substance abuse and the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than 12 months following completion of the pilot program on its results, including its effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability; and provided further, that funds appropriated in this item shall not revert and shall be available for expenditure through June 30, 2017
68,517 500,000

Veto Explanation:   I am reducing this item to the amount projected to be necessary.