The U.S. House of Representatives just passed the Mental Health Matters Act, a bill that could significantly improve access to mental health and addiction care in this country.
There are two critical provisions within the bill: Strengthening Behavioral Health Benefits Act (Title VI) and the Employee and Retiree Access to Justice Act (ERISA, Title VII):
Hopefully the Senate will take up this bill and we will see the kind of changes that are necessary to make mental health parity a reality. I will let you know when we need to support the bill in the Senate.
To see a summary of the Act go to: https://edlabor.house.gov/imo/media/doc/mental_health_matters_act_fact_sheet2.pdf
Laura Groshong, LICSW, Director, Policy and Practice
Clinical Social Work Association
PO Box 105Granville, Ohio 43023