Thursday, July 2, 2009

Case coordination legislation to be announced July 6

Mayor Fenty, joined by key administration officials, will announce the introduction of the "Jacks-Fogle Family Preservation Case Coordination Authorization Act of 2009."   The purpose of the legislation is to improve agency information sharing to better protect the District’s vulnerable population.   The legislation argues
The inability to share information has inhibited the District’s health and human services agencies from coordinating public benefits, services, or supports that would improve the administration and management of these services to best serve the individual or family.   Access to protected health information in accordance with HIPAA by the District’s health and human services agencies will help to create a more person-centered approach to providing public benefits, services, or supports to an individual or family by ensuring through coordination that all of the individual or families health and human services needs are addressed by the District’s health and human services agencies.

The announcement is scheduled for July 6 at 10:30 am at the IMA-Anacostia Services Center (2100 Martin Luther King Ave SE).   Peter Nickles (Attorney General), Clarence Carter (Director, Department of Human Services), and Roque Gerald (Director, Child and Family Services Agency) will join the mayor.

The legislation (B18-356) was actually introduced on June 26 and circulated to members of the Council on June 29.   It is available in LIMS.   The health (CM Catania, At-large, chair) and human services (CM Wells, Ward 6, chair) committees will review the legislation.

This case coordination system effectively replaces the costly (think millions) Safe Passages/HSMP database that was started under Mayor Anthony Williams and his close advisor Carolyn Graham.

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