SENATE BILL 32
56th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - second session, 2024
Gerald Ortiz y Pino and Siah Correa Hemphill
FOR THE LEGISLATIVE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE
RELATING TO HEALTH; REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO PAY LICENSED BOARDING HOMES FOR HOUSING PEOPLE DISCHARGED FROM THE NEW MEXICO BEHAVIORAL HEALTH INSTITUTE AT LAS VEGAS OR THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO ADULT PSYCHIATRIC CENTER; MAKING AN APPROPRIATION.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. A new section of the Public Health Act is enacted to read:
"[NEW MATERIAL] PAYMENT TO LICENSED BOARDING HOMES.--
A. Beginning January 1, 2025, the department of health shall pay each boarding home that admits a person who is discharged from the New Mexico behavioral health institute at Las Vegas or the university of New Mexico adult psychiatric center two hundred dollars ($200) for each month that the person is a resident of the boarding home.
B. The department of health shall promulgate rules for the payment of boarding homes. At a minimum, the rules shall address:
(1) the documentation required to be submitted by the boarding home to be eligible for payment; and
(2) safeguards to prevent fraud.
C. For the purposes of this section, "boarding home" means a facility licensed by the department of health as a boarding home."
SECTION 2. APPROPRIATION.--Two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) is appropriated from the general fund to the department of health for expenditure in fiscal year 2025 to pay licensed boarding homes for housing people released from the New Mexico behavioral health institute at Las Vegas or the university of New Mexico adult psychiatric center. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of fiscal year 2025 shall revert to the general fund.
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