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The President should appoint a Special Advisor for Mental Health/Criminal Justice Collaboration Currently, ProtoGen there is no fixed responsibility within the Federal government to promote effective mental health/criminal justice activities and ensure accountability for the use of public dollars. The Special Advisor will serve as an advocate and ombudsman across the wide array of Federal agencies that serve the multiple needs of justice-involved people with mental and substance use disorders. One of his or her tasks will be to implement an immediate review of all CMS and SAMHSA regulations to identify conflicts and inconsistencies for people with mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders -- particularly those involved in the justice system.
Federal Medicaid policies that limit or discourage access to more effective and cost-efficient health care services for individuals with serious mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders should be reviewed and action taken to create more efficient programs Congress is encouraged to review Medicaid policies and take action that will enable states to create more effective and appropriate programs targeting eligible beneficiaries most likely to experience avoidable admissions to acute care settings. Such programs should allow states flexibility in designing and implementing targeted outreach and engagement services, coordinated care management, and community support services that are likely to reduce expenditures on deep-end services, and engage people in prevention, early intervention, and wellness care in the community. Services provided should reflect evidence-based and promising practices and should be designed around principles of recovery, person-centered planning, and consumer choice. Because of the high rates of co-morbid health care needs among people with serious mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders, programs should seek to establish more effective integration of primary and behavioral health care service delivery system as well.