Legislative Session 2019 – End Report


The MN session is over! It ended May 20th. Although there were not as many wins as we hoped for, this session still passed more bills to support mental health initiatives than many past sessions! So we are calling that a win! Take a look through the following list to see some of the highlights from the 2019 Session.

  • Kept the Provider Tax with a slight decrease to 1.8%
  • Funding to sustain Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs)
  • Funding for Intensive Children’s Mental Health Treatment and 150 new Psychiatric Residential treatment Facility (PRTFs) beds
  • NAMI Policy language to better enforce mental health parity
  • Funding increase for school-linked mental health services – $1.21M next two years and $9.6M the following biennium along with expansion of who can apply for grants, what grant funding can be used for and an analysis of the program going forward
  • Funding for youth-shelter linked mental health treatment – $250,000 a year
  • Funding for the child welfare training academy
  • Making it easier to enroll in TEFRA through MNSure
  • Reducing TEFRA fees
  • Funding for Safe Harbour for sexually exploited youth
  • Major increase in funding for suicide prevention -$5.6M the first biennium and $7.46M the second biennium
  • Increasing MFIP by $100 a month
  • Decrease the spenddown under MA for people with disabilities in 2022 so it’s 100% of the poverty guidelines instead of 81%
  • Increasing timely access to substance use disorder treatment
  • Increasing funding for FASD grants
  • Additional funding for mobile mental health crisis services – $2.5 next two years and $9.793 the following biennium
  • Funding for the specialized community supervision project
  • Increase bed capacity in state operated services
  • Funding for the competency restoration task force
  • Funding to address county disputes with discharges from state operated services and requiring a report on the number of days someone spends in a state operated program when they don’t need that level of care
  • Expanding Medical Assistance to all children in foster care
  • Funding for the tobacco quitline
  • Addresses the issue of travel time for mental health professionals
  • Incorporating changes to behavioral health homes
  • Allowing jails to share names of people who screened positive on a mental health screen to county social services
  • Requiring plans to cover PANDAS
  • Strengthening oversight of network adequacy waivers building on language passed several years ago by NAMI to require plans to demonstrate what actions they are taking to ensure network adequacy
  • Allows for prescriptions to be refilled in an emergency situation for chronic conditions (could help with mental health medications)
  • Establishing Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month