September 16, 2022
HAP is encouraging Pennsylvania to support behavioral health care through investments that bolster the behavioral health workforce, integrate psychiatric care into primary care settings, and help hospital emergency departments better care for people in crisis.
HAP made the recommendations last week to the Behavioral Health Commission for Adult Mental Health, a blue-ribbon panel tasked with guiding how the General Assembly and governor should spend $100 million in one-time, federal relief funds set aside in the 2022–2023 state budget for adult behavioral health.
Specifically, HAP encouraged the commission to consider:
The recommendations for investing the one-time money are a step in HAP’s larger, long-term strategy to expand Pennsylvanians’ access to behavioral health care. HAP’s recommendations are available online.
For more information, contact Jennifer Jordan, HAP’s vice president, regulatory advocacy.
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