ENA Praises House Passage of Comprehensive Mental Health Reform
November 30, 2016 • Legislation News
DES PLAINES, Ill., – The Emergency Nurses Association today praised the U.S. House of Representatives for overwhelmingly passing comprehensive mental healthcare reform as part of the 21st Century Cures Act. The legislation passed on a 392-26 vote.The 21st Century Cures Act will accelerate the development of new drugs and devices by making reforms to the Food and Drug Administration’s approval process and providing additional funds for NIH and Vice President Biden’s “Cancer Moonshot.”
The mental health reforms included in the bill are based on H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, by Reps. Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). It eliminates the prohibition on same day billing for mental health and primary care services, provides resources for suicide prevention programs and expands crisis intervention training for first responders. Importantly, the legislation also contains $1 billion in grants to states for opioid abuse prevention and treatment initiatives.
The bill now goes to the Senate for its consideration.