HHS released the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Action Plan, required by Section 13002 of the 21st Century Cures Act.
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The members of the Federal Parity Task Force, under the leadership of the White House Domestic Policy Council, presented a final report to the President on October 27, 2016. The report included a series of new actions and recommendations to ensure that health coverage for mental health and substance use disorder services is comparable to – or at parity with – general medical care.After an inclusive process involving listening sessions with a wide range of stakeholders, the Task Force report set out a roadmap for moving forward. The President asked members of the group to begin this important journey to move from the current state to full parity and to move immediately in order to accelerate the momentum on parity implementation.
In this blog, I am sharing copy of my letter to the Editor of the Wall Street Journal, which was posted today.
The tone and language of Dr. E. Fuller Torrey’s recent commentary in the Wall Street Journal is needlessly demeaning. However, his premise—that we can and must do more to support people and families living with mental illness—is fully supported by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline answered over 1 million calls in 2013. One of those calls was from a 15-year old named Jackie. Later, after her crisis had passed, she contacted us. Jackie said, “You guys have saved my life. I am 15 years old and was going through a rough time. … A lady named Denise saved my life. After a failed attempt a couple days ago, I was going to try again. But she helped. A lot. A complete stranger saved my life.