Two types of dispute resolution processes are included in the rules for the Child Mental Health Treatment Act (CMHTA). One covers disputes between parents/guardians and mental health agencies concerning the denial of residential treatment. The other pertains to disputes between local mental health agencies and county departments of social services about responsibility for providing residential treatment. The following briefly describes each of these processes.
Under this process, parents may file an appeal with the local mental health agency and, if unresolved at that level, with the State. This process includes timelines for providing the assessment based on the child's needs, and for the appeals at the local and State levels.
Key aspects are:
The outcome of the State level review constitutes final agency action for non-Medicaid eligible children. For Medicaid eligible children, the parent/guardian or the BHO may appeal the State-level decision.
The following describes the process for resolving, at the state level, disputes between county departments and local mental health agencies under the Child Mental Health Treatment Act. The state dispute resolution process is used only after locally established resolution processes have been exhausted. The state dispute resolution committee will include members who represent a mental health agency, a county department, and the Department of Human Services.
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