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Today SAMHSA will launch Ask SAMHSA! If you aren’t sure what this is be sure to check our previous blog post explaining the concept, “Introduction to Ask SAMHSA”. The first topic for Ask SAMHSA is mental health and substance abuse treatment services parity. Now through February 1st SAMHSA will take your questions about mental health and substance abuse treatment services parity via Facebook, Twitter and the comment section of this blog post. If you are submitting questions over Twitter please use the hashtag #BHQ.
Parity, mentioned in both the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 and in the Affordable Care Act is a concept that is often misunderstood. In an effort to relieve some of this confusion, today we are going to breakdown what parity is and is not, who it applies to and what the purpose of parity is.
What Is Parity?
Parity is defined as equal or equivalent, at symmetry, not favoring one over another, or fairly matched.
By Kathryn Power, Director CMHS and Military Families Strategic Initiative LeadWhen SAMHSA employees and contractors reported for work on Tuesday, November 9, each person found a button on his or her chair asking, “Have you thanked a Veteran today?” Beneath the button was a flyer inviting them to attend a SAMHSA Veterans Day Observance, which featured Korean War Veterans discussing their experiences on the 60