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MAAPPN Lends Support to MHLA Legislative Priorities

MAAPPN plays an active role in supporting legislation from other MA mental health groups.   As a member of the Mental Health Coalition, MAAPPN has the opportunity to hear of the legislative priorities from the professional groups (the guilds), advocacy and other mental health policy groups.  Susan Fendell, Senior Attorney for Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee announced MHLAC’s legislative priorities for 2015-16 and has asked MAPPN’s support.  MAAPPN will be lending support and endorsement to the following initiatives:

Susan can be reached at  24 School Street, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02108, 617-338-2345 x129, 617-338-2347 (fax)

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

http://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Programs-and-Initiatives/Other-Insurance-Protections/mhpaea_factsheet.html#Summary of MHPAEA Protections

Massachusetts Psych APRN’s will benefit from parity initiatives that seek to equalize access and reimbursement for treatment across Mental Health and Addiction treatment.  As our clients have an ever advancing  access to mental health and addiction services just as they do for primary care, there will be more opportunities to treat our mental health and addiction clients and achieve better outcomes if we can fully and completely treat them as the issues demand – not subject to arbitrary cut offs and ineffective treatment options.