ISSUE: ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE
STATEMENT: Mental Health America believes that all individuals and families should have access to a broad scope of medically appropriate, evidence-based interventions in the continuum of behavioral health services and supports.
Indiana--and the country as a whole--has expanded health care coverage in a way that in-cludes Parity for mental health and addictive disorders.
We have taken groundbreaking steps toward improving access to mental health and sub-stance use disorder treatment services. Significantly, we have included mental health and substance use disorder services as well as rehabilitative services as components of the es-sential benefits package that must be offered. We have created a health care system that provides a comprehensive, culturally and linguistically appropriate behavioral health system of services and supports.
MHAI supports the State of Indiana’ program in an effort to provide mental health and ad-diction services. In particular, MHAI supports the inclusion of individuals with Serious Mental Illness or chronic Substance Use Disorders access to the Medicaid Rehabilitation Option. In addition, MHAI supports CMHCs ability to make presumptive eligibility de-terminations under the Medicaid Program to ensure timely access of services. Finally, MHAI supports health care service integration including the establishment of behavioral Health Homes as well as the ability of CMHCs to bill for primary health services when an-cillary to behavioral health services.
Mental Health America of Indiana will work to educate the public through public relations and other means of advocacy regarding the need to access mental health and addiction ser-vices at parity. MHA will also work with local, state, and federal decision makers to en-sure adequate representation of behavioral health interests in the implementation of any healthcare legislation. Additionally, MHA will be engaged with employers, insurers, and providers to ensure that the implementation provides for meaningful access to behavioral health coverage and services.
PRIORITY LEVEL: I