The AHA today expressed support for the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act (H.R.1767/S. 824), bipartisan legislation that would renew and expand an innovative demonstration program that expands access to treatment of mental illnesses and substance use disorders through community-based clinics.
 
To increase access to care, Congress, in the Protecting Access to Medicare Act, authorized demonstration programs in up to eight states to improve community behavioral health services through certified community behavioral health clinics – a new comprehensive treatment model that launched in 2017. Statutory authority for the CCBHC program will end in June 2019 unless Congress acts.
 
“Your timely legislation would renew the CCBHC demonstration program in the original eight states (Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon and Pennsylvania) for two years and expand it to 11 additional states, enabling current patients to continue receiving comprehensive care, and increasing the number of individuals with access to vital services,” AHA said.
 
The legislation was introduced in the House by Reps. Doris Matsui, D-Calif., and Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., and in the Senate by Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.

Related News Articles

Headline
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health today passed the No Surprises Act (H.R. 3630), bipartisan legislation that would prohibit balance billing…
Headline
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health tomorrow is scheduled to mark up 10 health-related bills, including the No Surprises Act — bipartisan…
Headline
The Centers for Medicare…
Headline
Six health care organizations in rural North Carolina communities will share $1.2 million in federal grant funds to strengthen and expand their response to…
Headline
The Food and Drug Administration yesterday released new draft guidance for labeling medications that carry the risk of abuse or dependence, including but not…
Headline
The National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic will host a free public webinar July 22 at 3 p.m. ET on best…