May 22, 2023
This month, HAP and Pennsylvania’s hospital community are urging state leaders to support our behavioral health system and patients across the commonwealth.
In three separate letters, HAP highlighted the ways lawmakers can invest in behavioral health, support timely transitions in care, and help integrate behavioral health throughout our health care system.
“Many aspects of our behavioral health system are in crisis,” HAP wrote in a recent letter. “Pennsylvanians are not receiving the right mental health care, at the right time, or in the right setting.”
In the three letters, HAP urged the state lawmakers to support:
“In almost every community statewide, Pennsylvanians’ access to many vital health care services is threatened,” HAP noted last week in support of House Bill 849. “The decreasing availability of behavioral health services is overwhelming the commonwealth’s hospitals as increasing numbers of Pennsylvanians present with mental health conditions.”
Senate bills 445 and 606 are companions to House bills 22 and 24, which HAP also supported.
During Mental Health Awareness Month, HAP joins organizations around the country taking action to support our behavioral health system and to ensure patients have access to the care they need in their communities. Learn more about our behavioral health advocacy.
For more information, contact Heather Tyler, vice president, state legislative advocacy.
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