LEGISLATIVE POSITIONS

April 5, 2011

Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act Reauthorization of 2011

Letter supporting the “Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act Reauthorization of 2011,” which renews and strengthens the commitment to critically important youth and college suicide prevention programs administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

April 1, 2011

Behavioral Health Info Technology Act

Letter supporting S. 539, the “Behavioral Health Information Technology Act of 2011,” a bill that extends the meaningful use incentives in the HITECH act (for using technology that would improve coordination of care) to mental health and substance abuse providers and facilities.

March 11, 2011

Medicare 2011 Mental Health Modernization Act

Letter supporting the “Medicare Mental Health Modernization Act of 2011” which addresses limitations in the current mental health benefit in Medicare affecting its ability to meet treatment needs.

February 11, 2011

Medicare Mental Health Inpatient Equity Act

Letter supporting the “Medicare Mental Health Inpatient Equity Act” which eliminates discrimination against mental illness in Medicare by eliminating the 190 day lifetime limit of inpatient psychiatric hospital care, a limit not placed upon any other hospital settings.

February 11, 2011

Mental Health on Campus Improvement Act

Letter expressing support for the “Mental Health on Campus Improvement Act” which assists universities in addressing the growing mental health needs of their communities by providing grants to eligible colleges for comprehensive behavioral health programs

February 9, 2011

Mental Health in Schools 2011 Act

Letter supporting the reintroduction of the “Mental Health in Schools Act of 2011” which would expand the availability of comprehensive school-based mental health services for students in communities across America.

 

January 13, 2011

Safeguarding the Healthcare and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010

Letter opposing H.R. 2, which would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the health reform parts of the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010.

 

December 13, 2010

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) Implementation Regulations

Letter encouraging the Department to take a broad view of the scope of services when considering regulations implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

in order to ensure that qualified health plans cover the full range of mental health and substance use diagnoses and include recovery, wrap-around and non-medical

services in the essential benefits.