National Council Co-Hosts Congressional Briefing on Health Reform and People with Mental Illness & Substance Use Disorders

by Rebecca Farley on September 23, 2010

The National Council, The Hill newspaper, and AstraZeneca on Wednesday hosted a congressional briefing on the implications of health reform for people with mental illness and substance use disorders. The panel of speakers at the briefing included National Council President & CEO Linda Rosenberg, Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY), Representative Tim Murphy (R-PA), The Hill Managing Editor Bob Cusack, and AstraZeneca Vice President for Specialty Care Lisa Schoenberg.

The speakers addressed key mental health policy questions faced by providers, consumers, and policymakers as healthcare reform is implemented over the coming years. The discussion covered issues related to integration of services, the capacity of the community mental health system, and education and outreach programs to ensure that low income people with mental disorders can take full advantage of the Medicaid and state exchange insurance coverage expansions financed through health reform.

In her comments, Linda Rosenberg addressed three pieces of legislation that are critical to improving capacity and services in the public mental health safety net. You can read the full text of Linda’s remarks here.
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