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    Maryland Register
    Issue Date:  May 27, 2016
    Volume 43• Issue 11• Pages 638—639
    Title 10
    10.47.06 Substance Abuse Treatment Outcomes Partnerships — (S.T.O.P.) Fund
    Authority: Health-General Article, §§8-6C-01—8-6C-04, Annotated Code of Maryland
    Notice of Proposed Action
    The Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene proposes to amend Regulations .02—.04 under COMAR 10.47.06 Substance Abuse Treatment Outcomes Partnerships (S.T.O.P.) Fund.
    Statement of Purpose
    The purpose of this action is to:
    (1) Modify the meaning of eligible populations;
    (2) Modify applicant requirements for funding;
    (3) Repeal task force requirement;
    (4) Define eligible functions; and
    (5) Clarify when funds may be continued or expanded for eligible functions.
    Comparison to Federal Standards
    There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.
    Estimate of Economic Impact
    I. Summary of Economic Impact. There is no economic impact to the State as the amendments can be implemented within existing Departmental resources. The regulations expand the uses of the S.T.O.P. funds without requiring additional expenditures. In addition, because it is unknown whether counties with existing programs will request supplemental funding, the impact on them is unknown.
    Revenue (R+/R-)
    II. Types of Economic Impact.
    Expenditure (E+/E-)

    A. On issuing agency:
    B. On other State agencies:
    C. On local governments:
    Benefit (+)
    Cost (-)

    D. On regulated industries or trade groups:
    E. On other industries or trade groups:
    F. Direct and indirect effects on public:
    III. Assumptions. (Identified by Impact Letter and Number from Section II.)
    A., C., and D. S.T.O.P. Fund grants are 50/50 matching grants. A county or Baltimore City may expend additional monies in order to receive grant revenue from the State. If participating county or Baltimore City began using the funds after October 1, 2010, they may be eligible for STOP funding for newly eligible functions. Revenues from S.T.O.P. funds may increase significantly for newly eligible functions.
    Economic Impact on Small Businesses
    The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses.
    Impact on Individuals with Disabilities
    The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.
    Opportunity for Public Comment
    Comments may be sent to Michele Phinney, Director, Office of Regulation and Policy Coordination, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 201 West Preston Street, Room 512, Baltimore, MD 21201, or call 410-767-6499 (TTY 800-735-2258), or email to dhmh.regs@maryland.gov, or fax to 410-767-6483. Comments will be accepted through June 27, 2016. A public hearing has not been scheduled.
    .02 Definitions.
    A. (text unchanged)
    B. Terms Defined.
    (1) (text unchanged)
    (2) Eligible functions” means:
    (a) Transportation to and from treatment services;
    (b) Treatment, prevention, or coordination staff;
    (c) Data sharing services among counties and other appropriate treatment providers;
    (d) Education or outreach programs and materials;
    (e) In-community emergency behavioral health services or crisis stabilization units; or
    (f) Behavioral health programs in schools.
    [(2)] (3) “Eligible population” means:
    (a)—(k) (text unchanged)
    (l) The general inmate population within county-managed correctional facilities; [or]
    (m) Parents of children entering out-of-home placements or at risk of entering out-of-home placements; or
    (n) Drug offenders under the supervision of the problem solving courts.
    [(3)] (4)[(5)] (6) (text unchanged)
    [(6)] (7) “Request for partnership funding” means [a]:
    (a) A proposal, submitted by the governing bodies of one or more jurisdictions, to provide [substance abuse] substance-related disorder treatment services to one or more eligible populations; or
    (b) To provide funding for eligible functions within the requesting jurisdiction or jurisdictions.
    [(7)] (8) (text unchanged)
    .03 Requests for Partnership Funding and Criteria for Awarding Funding.
    A. (text unchanged)
    B. Proposals shall include the following:
    (1) (text unchanged)
    (2) Eligible functions that will be funded under the plan;
    [(2)] (3) A description of the plan to provide [substance abuse] substance-related disorder services;
    [(3)] (4)[(8)] (9) (text unchanged)
    C. Time Line. Requests for partnership funding shall be received by the Department[:
    (1) By April 30, 2001 for State fiscal year (SFY) 2002;
    (2) By April 1, 2002 for SFY 2003;
    (3) By April 1, 2003 for SFY 2004; and
    (4) For all succeeding years,] by April 1 for the following fiscal year.
    D. The Department[, in consultation with the Task Force, shall determine the criteria for funding awards. In evaluating requests for partnership funding, the Department and the Task Force] shall consider the following:
    (1)—(3) (text unchanged)
    (4) How the proposal fits into a balanced approach to the State’s variety of [substance abuse] substance-related disorder needs and populations that serve different geographic areas of the State with partnership funding;
    (5) The extent to which the proposal is part of or consistent with a regional strategy for [substance abuse] substance-related disorder treatment programs affecting adjoining jurisdictions; and
    (6) (text unchanged)
    E. The Department may specify in a request for proposals the types of treatment services that are eligible for funding awards.
    .04 Fiscal Responsibility by Jurisdiction.
    A.—C. (text unchanged)
    D. A participating jurisdiction may use partnership funding to continue or expand funding for eligible functions if the participating jurisdiction began spending funds on eligible functions after October 1, 2010.
    Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene