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Recommendation: The Secretary of HHS should expeditiously develop a plan--that includes priorities, timeframes, clear roles and responsibilities, and methods for assessing progress--to effectively implement the NAS-related recommendations identified in the Protecting Our Infants Act: Final Strategy. (Recommendation 1)
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services Status: Open Priority recommendation
Comments: HHS concurred with this recommendation. HHS noted that its Behavioral Health Coordinating Council has taken steps to develop a plan for implementing the Strategy. In January 2019, HHS officials told us that the Council is still finalizing an implementation plan which, according to agency officials, will include efforts that have been completed, are in process, and planned as well as information about funding status. Officials also told us that they plan to use the implementation plan to respond to a requirement in the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (P.L. 115-271) enacted in October 2018 that requires HHS to report on the implementation of the recommendations in the strategy by no later than December 2019. To close this recommendation, HHS would need to provide documentation that the plan includes priorities, timeframes, clear roles and responsibilities, and methods for assessing progress.