Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Medical Assistance Services
Board of Medical Assistance Services
Amount, Duration, and Scope of Medical and Remedial Care and Services [12 VAC 30 ‑ 50]
Action Mental Health Skill-building Services
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 10/23/2015
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10/23/15  6:09 am
Commenter: Marian Gilbert

Proposed change interferes with quality of service

I have been working in the mental health field for over 10 years.  When I heard of this proposed change in how service plans would be created and by whom they would be created,  I became immediately concerned.  I do not believe that this change is beneficial to the clients whom I work  with or others receiving mental health services.  The LMHP's are not the ones working daily with the clients whom the agencies serve. The QMHP-A's are the ones whom meet with the client's regularly, can identify their needs, their progress, and actively work with the client in ensuring that their needs are addressed through the service plan.  I feel as if it infringes on the client's Human Rights as they should have a say so in their treatment.  This can only be done if the clients are working with their clinician to create the service plan.  To have someone in an office that is not aware of the client and their needs would, I believe, be a violation of their human rights and severely interefere with the quality of service that agencies can provide to their clients.  Clients whom suffer from mental health problems often struggle to trust others and to express their needs, but through building a trusting relationship with their QMHP-A's they are able to identify them and receive the help that they need.  Please consider the clients and how they will be affected when making your decision.  Thank you for taking your time to read my opinion. 

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