Starting on the effective date of sections 245.461 to 245.486 and ending June 30, 1988, the commissioner and the county agencies shall plan for the development of a unified, accountable, and comprehensive statewide mental health system. The system must be planned and developed by stages until it is operating at full capacity.
The commissioner shall provide ongoing technical assistance to county boards to improve system capacity and quality. The commissioner and county boards shall exchange information as needed about the numbers of adults with mental illness residing in the county and extent of existing treatment components locally available to serve the needs of those persons. County boards shall cooperate with the commissioner in obtaining necessary planning information upon request.
The commissioner of human services shall, in cooperation with the commissioner of health, study and submit to the legislature by February 15, 1991, a report and recommendations regarding (1) plans and fiscal projections for increasing the number of community-based beds, small community-based residential programs, and support services for persons with mental illness, including persons for whom nursing home services are inappropriate, to serve all persons in need of those programs; and (2) the projected fiscal impact of maximizing the availability of medical assistance coverage for persons with mental illness.
The commissioner shall complete a review of funding for mental health services and make recommendations for any changes needed. The commissioner shall submit a report on the review and recommendations to the legislature by January 31, 1991.