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Program Description

  Local Behavioral Health Authority

As the State mandated Local Behavioral Health Authority (LBHA), this program is responsible for system planning, management, and oversight of the Montgomery County behavioral health system across the lifespan (behavioral health, mental health, and substance use disorders). The LBHA manages State and Federal grants as well as County-funded programs and ensures quality of care, quality improvement and access to behavioral health fee for service programs. The LBHA has the responsibility of system planning, which involves assessing and determining gaps in behavioral health treatment and rehabilitation and working closely with community service providers and partners, forensic services, and public safety. The LBHA ensures for the ongoing development of a resiliency and recovery-oriented continuum of services that provide for consumer choice and empowerment. This program manages all BHCS service area contracts.

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Program Contacts

Contact Rolando L. Santiago, PhD of the HHS - Behavioral Health and Crisis Services at 240.777.7000 or Lindsay Lucas of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2766 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY19Actual FY20Estimated FY21Target FY22Target FY23
Number of grants managed and contracts monitored 10292959595
Percent of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) monitoring reviews with satisfying results95%93%95%95%95%
Percentage of contracts meeting county and state timeliness requirements93%96%96%96%96%
Percent of adults served by the continuum of behavioral health services that demonstrate higher degree of social connectedness and emotional wellness as demonstrated by positive outcomes in housing, quality of life, legal encounter, and employment/education 180%N/AN/AN/AN/A
Percent of children served by the continuum of behavioral health services that demonstrate higher degree of social connectedness and emotional wellness as demonstrated by positive outcomes in housing, quality of life, legal encounter, and employment/education 294%N/AN/AN/AN/A
1  Maryland ASO Optum retired the OMS datamart and all its reports effective January 1, 2020. No data is available to support the measure.
2  Maryland ASO Optum retired the OMS datamart and all its reports effective January 1, 2020. No data is available to support the measure.
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Program Budget Changes

FY22 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY21 Approved1278220323.50
Technical Adj: Local Behavioral Health Authority State Opioid Grant-977680.00
Decrease Cost: Decrease Shared Psychiatrists Contract Budget Due to Lack of Respondents-2200000.00
Re-align: Cost of Residential Rehab Supplemental to Reflect Fee for Service Contracts-3201740.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.3010920.00
FY22 Recommended1244535323.50