CO MEDICAID FUNDING OF ACT
It really does come down to discrimination:
* Against people with Mental Health Disabilities
*Substance Use Issues
What Is a Medicaid 1915(b)(3) Waiver?
Non-Medicaid Services Waiver - uses cost savings to provide additional services to beneficiaries.
Well what does that mean:
So -- Assertive Community Treatment, Supported Employment -- sorry -- the Cost Savings Money ran out. BUT these are exactly the services that are components of US Dept. of Justice Olmstead Settlement Agreements.
Further, in the 2010 DOJ Delaware Findings Letter, DOJ found no fundamental alteration of the State Plan when it was bringing Housing and Assertive Community Treatment to Scale to Meet the Need since they were already existing programs.
Well, Who Does This Affect?
Well, people like Marvin Booker, Michael Marshall, and a whole lot of poor, black, and brown and white people with mental illness and substance use issues.
Guess what-- It is going to cost some money. Chemo costs money too -- but that's an entitlement.
The State is trying to increase its "capacity" BUT they have done everything they could possibly do to resist doing what needs to be done --
MAKE ASSERTIVE COMMUNITY TREATMENT AN ENTITLEMENT WHERE REASONABLY MEDICALLY NECESSARY!