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File #: 20-0963    Version: 1
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 7/14/2020 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 8/4/2020 Final action: 8/4/2020
Title: Human Resources Department recommending the Board approve the following: 1) Revised department-specific class specification for the Health and Human Services Agency: Director of Behavioral Health (Title change from: Director of Mental Health); and 2) Adopt and authorize the Chair to sign Resolution 122-2020 to approve the abovementioned title change: FUNDING: N/A
Attachments: 1. A1 - Director of Mental Health CLEAN 8-4-20, 2. A2 - Director of Behavioral Health REDLINE 8-4-20, 3. B - Resolution 8-4-20, 4. C - Approved Blue Route 8-4-20, 5. Executed Resolution 122-2020
Title
Human Resources Department recommending the Board approve the following:
1) Revised department-specific class specification for the Health and Human Services Agency: Director of Behavioral Health (Title change from: Director of Mental Health); and
2) Adopt and authorize the Chair to sign Resolution 122-2020 to approve the abovementioned title change:

FUNDING: N/A
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DISCUSSION / BACKGROUND
Human Resources Department, with concurrence from the Health and Human Services Agency, is recommending that the Board approve the revised department-specific class specification for Director of Behavioral Health (Title change from: Director of Mental Health).

With regard to the proposed title change - in California, two Medicaid Waivers allow for Specialty Mental Health Services (Section 1915(b) Waiver) and Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery (Section 1115 Waiver) to be carved out to counties. While counties have been under contract with the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to provide the Specialty Mental Health Services (SMHS) for decades, DHCS offered counties the opportunity to provide substance use treatment services as a Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery (DMC ODS) county beginning in 2015. The Section 1115 Waiver is a pilot project that allows broader access to and additional types of treatment services for Medi-Cal beneficiaries presenting with a substance use disorder. This expansion of services also aligns substance use treatment closer with the services that are available to a Medi-Cal beneficiaries under SMHS.

In recent years, the healthcare industry has recognized that physical health care, mental health care, and substance use treatment serve individuals that receive care in two, if not all three, sectors at the same time. All three sectors have recognized the need to collaborate with each other and to coordinate care in order to increase improved outcomes. This is certainly true for county mental health and substance use treatment. The Co...

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