There’s been no shortage of conversation around the Affordable Care Act since its initial implementation in October, 2013. But little attention has been paid to the practical implications of the ACA on mental health clinicians, their practices, and the patients they serve. Below are two well-documented sets of resources on the Affordable Care Act, vis-a-vis mental health.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Health Reform Basics website
This SAMHSA website provides resources on federal health reform and its effect on people facing mental health challenges.
Mental Health in Health Care Reform
This fact sheet from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law provides an overview of provisions in the federal Affordable Care Act that affect mental health services. (Note that Congress has yet to appropriate funds for some of the grant and demonstration programs authorized in the federal law and described in this fact sheet).
Earlier this summer, the Behavioral Health Integration Task Force issued its formal report, making a host of recommendations for the delivery and integration of mental health services in Massachusetts. The report makes 29 separate recommendations — with general consensus around three major priorities:
While it is unlikely that Commonwealth officials will tackle all 29 issues at once, CliniciansUNITED will continue to monitor efforts to implement these recommendations at the administrative and legislative levels.
Glossary of Cost Containment Terms
Description of key terms used in Chapter 224; includes some terms specific to Chapter 224 and other more widely used terms.
SAMHSA Health Care Integration website
This federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website provides some background and links to additional information on primary and behavioral health integration initiatives.
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law: http://www.bazelon.org/
Parity Implementation Coalition: http://parityispersonal.org/
National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts Chapter: http://naswma.org/
Massachusetts Psychiatric Society: http://www.psychiatry-mps.org/
Massachusetts Association for Marriage & Family Therapy: http://mamft.org/
Massachusetts Psychological Association: currently under construction