Magazine article Behavioral Healthcare Executive

'Three's a Crowd' on 2012 Hill Day

Magazine article Behavioral Healthcare Executive

'Three's a Crowd' on 2012 Hill Day

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Just days prior to the landmark June 28 Supreme Court decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or ACA, some 600 behavioral health advocates converged on Capitol Hill for the National Council's 2012 Public Policy Institute and Hill Day, an event that this year included two new partners: Mental Health America and the U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA). This year's swell of attendees were rewarded with the introduction of four bills to advance three pieces of national legislation that focus on improving behavioral healthcare nationwide:

* Excellence in Mental Health Act (H.R.

5989)- The House companion bill to Senate Bill 2257 (S. 2257), this legislation would establish national standards and oversight for Federally Qualified Community Behavioral Health Centers (FQCBHCs). These standards will bolster the nation's community mental health and addiction treatment system, providing new support for integrated and simplified treatment

* Mental Health First Aid Higher Education Act (Two bills: H.R. 5996 / S. 3325)- These companion bills would authorize a demonstration program to train college faculty and staff in Mental Health First Aid. This community educational program helps people identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses or addiction, and deal with psychiatric crises. …

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