Men­tal health bill’s high­lights

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Key pro­vi­sions of the Help­ing Fam­i­lies in Men­tal Health Cri­sis Act, which passed the House in July

Per­mits state Med­i­caid man­aged-care pro­grams to cover short stays in psy­chi­atric hospi­tals and acute-care be­hav­ioral health res­i­den­tial fa­cil­i­ties, in line with a re­cent HHS rule

Es­tab­lishes a new as­sis­tant sec­re­tary for men­tal health and sub­stance use dis­or­ders, who must be a men­tal health pro­fes­sional, to lead fed­eral men­tal health pol­icy

Per­mits Med­i­caid billing of health, men­tal health and sub­stance use dis­or­der ser­vices that are pro­vided the same day in the same fa­cil­ity

Strength­ens com­mu­nity cri­sis-re­sponse sys­tems so peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a psy­chi­atric cri­sis can get help sooner

Pro­vides spe­cial­ized training to law en­force­ment, cor­rec­tions of­fi­cers and first re­spon­ders in re­spond­ing to peo­ple with men­tal ill­ness Of­fers grants to en­hance cri­sis­re­sponse ser­vices and to de­velop psy­chi­atric in­pa­tient and res­i­den­tial bed track­ing

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