HB1325 makes permanent the partnership access line for moms that supports various health care professionals providing care to pregnant women and new mothers through same-day telephone consultations in the assessment and provision of appropriate diagnosis and treatment of depression in pregnant women and new mothers; and the mental health referral services for children and teens line that facilitates referrals to children’s mental health services and other resources for parents and guardians with concerns related to the mental health of the parents or guardian’s child.
The lines are currently due to expire in 2021.
HB1325 also directs the health care authority to allow reimbursement for up to 5 sessions for purposes of intake and assessment for children birth – 5, and allow such assessment to take place in home or community settings. Reimbursement for travel would become allowable as well.
- Requires that the Mental Health Referral Service for Children and Teens program must identify mental health professionals who are in-network with the child's health care coverage who are accepting new patients and taking appointments within an average of seven days from call intake processing
- Establishes the Partnership Access Line for Moms and the Mental Health Referral Service for Children and Teens as ongoing programs.
- Requires the Health Care Authority to provide reimbursement for up to five sessions of mental health intake and assessment of children from birth through age 5 in home and community settings.
- Requires providers to use the current version of the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood.