July 11, 2022
Help is on the way to begin to address Pennsylvania’s behavioral health crisis.
The General Assembly and Governor Tom Wolf took several steps recently to support Pennsylvanians’ access to behavioral health care, including making significant investments in the 2022–2023 state budget.
Many Pennsylvanians are struggling to access the behavioral health care they need because of a lack of available services. Pennsylvania hospitals play a key role in delivering behavioral health care and are working with state leaders to address this crisis.
Here are five steps the commonwealth is taking to support Pennsylvanians’ mental health now and in the long term.
“HAP and Pennsylvania’s hospital community thank the General Assembly and Governor Wolf for making Pennsylvanians’ mental health a priority in this year’s state budget,” HAP President and CEO Andy Carter said in a statement last week. “State investments will help more Pennsylvanians access care when and where they need it. Pennsylvania’s behavioral health crisis is complex and addressing it will require many strategies over the long term. This budget takes important steps to meaningfully improve the lives of many Pennsylvanians, their families, and our communities.”
Details about HAP’s continued behavioral health advocacy are available online.
For additional information, contact Jennifer Jordan, HAP’s vice president, regulatory advocacy, or Heather Tyler, HAP’s vice president, state legislative advocacy.
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