The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020 became a public law on October 17, 2020. The act designates a three digit number, 9-8-8, as the universal number for the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system. Read about the legislation here.
Treatment Advocacy Center is “dedicated to eliminating the barriers to timely and effective treatment of severe mental illness.” They promote laws, policies and practices for the delivery of psychiatric care and support the development of innovative treatments for and research into the causes of severe and persistent psychiatric illnesses. Visit their website here.
The Mental Health Services Act of 2020 is an act that focuses on expanding the Public Health Service Act to provide children with access to school-based mental health programs. Read about the proposed bill here.
This act requires insurance providers offering coverage for mental health or substance use to be comparable to general medical coverage. Co-pays, deductibles, etc. for mental health or substance abuse disorders must not be more restrictive than requirements or benefits of other medical care. Read a summary of the legislation here. Read the final rule documentContinue reading “Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008”
The Garret Lee Smith Memorial Act provides funding for youth suicide prevention programs. Funding is set aside for campuses, states, tribes, U.S. territories to develop, assess, and enhance early intervention and suicide prevention programs. Read the summary here. Read the full legislation here.
This regulation provides information about the grant application procedures for states and Indian tribes to support local community emergency response related to mental illness and substance abuse. Read the summary here. Read the full federal regulation here.
The National Council for Behavioral Health is a nonprofit organization that “advocates for policies that ensure individuals with mental health and substance use disorders have access to comprehensive, evidence-based health care services.” Visit their website here.
Say Something is a 24/7 anonymous reporting system that allows you to “submit secure & anonymous safety concerns to help identify and intervene upon at-risk individuals BEFORE they hurt themselves or others. You can do this by reporting observed threats, behaviors, actions and harassment” (Suicidal behaviors, conversations of gun violence, etc.). A crisis center willContinue reading “Say Something Anonymous Report”
SAMHSA is within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The organization leads public efforts to strengthen behavioral health across the country. Their mission is to “reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.” Visit their website here.
Mental Health America (MHA) works with stakeholders to design policy recommendations that advance (a) prevention for all individuals, (b) identification and intervention for at risk individuals and (c) cohesive services while focusing on recovery as the goal. Visit their website to see their recommendations here.