An Act to Increase Access to Children’s Mental Health Services in the Community

Sponsor: Representative Ruth Balser, Senator Jason Lewis    Number: H.488 & S.547

Summary:

This bill requires coverage for community and home-based behavioral health care services (“Wraparound care”) for children and adolescents with mental health disorders who are covered by commercial insurance.  Currently, these services are only available to children with MassHealth and their families, through the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI).  Families with commercial insurance either go without these services, or use “secondary MassHealth” to obtain the services.

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Our Advocacy 

On November 28th, the Campaign voiced support for legislation to increase wraparound services. Kate Ginnis (Boston's Children Hospital), Danna Mauch (Massachusetts Association for Mental Health), Lisa Lambert (Parent/Professional Advocacy League), Katie Curran (Boston's Children Hospital, and Pamela Sager offered testimony at a public hearing convened by the Joint Committee on Financial Services.

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