Advocacy Updates

Letter to Commissioner Beagan, Division of Insurance 3/8/21
Letter to Secretary Sudders, SMI as eligible phase 2 diagnosis

MPS Parity Bills

S588 - An Act relative to mental health parity implementation
H910 - An Act relative to mental health parity implementation
Fact Sheet

Senate reported Parity Bill
Senate passed Parity Bill
Senate Bill 2519: An Act Addressing Barriers to Care in Mental Health Fact Sheet

Coalition testimony

Massachusetts Senators Spilka, Rodrigues, Friedman and Cyr rally with invited guests at the State House before debate on An Act Addressing Barriers to Care for Mental Health

APA Federal Advocacy

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Advocacy Day on October 16, 2019 at the State House

The Massachusetts Psychiatric Society held it’s first (at least in a long time) Advocacy Day on October 16, 2019 at the State House, an educational opportunity for residents and early career psychiatrists in the public policy arena.  Participants heard from legislators about priorities in both the mental health and substance use areas, including one legislator who is an emergency department resident and elected to the legislature this past year.  In addition, participants had the opportunity to meet with legislators to discuss the implementation of parity legislation filed by MPS. Click here to see photos from our Advocacy Day.

AG Healey Announces Groundbreaking Agreements that Expand Access to Behavioral Health Services for More Than One Million Residents

“The Massachusetts Psychiatric Society applauds Attorney General Healey for her admirable work to help the residents of the Commonwealth gain access to treatment and knowledge and transparency about their mental health and substance use benefits,” said Marilyn Price, MD, President, Massachusetts Psychiatric Society. “The mental health parity investigation is a tremendous endeavor. Persons seeking mental health care should have the same access to timely care as they would with any other illness.”

AG Office Press Release                 Boston Business Journal article

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MMS Local Testimony and Legislation