May 25, 2022
State representatives passed legislation today to help facilitate access to behavioral health services and enable Pennsylvania to begin measuring and tracking the scope of the behavioral health crisis.
House Bill 1644 now heads to the state Senate for consideration. The measure, sponsored by state Representative Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana), would establish complex care transition teams to help when inpatient, psychiatric residential treatment, or other settings are unable to discharge patients.
The bill is a key component of HAP’s behavioral health advocacy, which also includes bolstering home-based and community services by increasing county mental health funding in the 2022-2023 state budget, ensuring hospitals receive support and sufficient payments for behavioral health care, and other important steps in a long-term effort to expand access to care.
House Bill 1644 would implement accountability measures for Behavioral Health Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (BH-MCO), specifically:
For more information, contact Heather Tyler, HAP’s vice president for state legislative advocacy.
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