S. 2257 Would Expand Access to Care, Support for Community Services
Please ask your Senators to cosponsor this bill!
National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare April 6, 2012
New legislation introduced in Congress would provide federal recognition and support for community behavioral health organizations that meet the criteria to become Federally Qualified Community Behavioral Health Centers (FQCBHCs).
The Excellence in Mental Health Act (S. 2257) would expand access to mental health and addictions care by supporting FQCBHCs in treating all individuals regardless of their ability to pay, with a comprehensive array of outpatient behavioral health services and screening for key diseases like hypertension or diabetes. Under this legislation, FQCBHCs would be paid a bundled per-visit rate that shares risk with the federal government and meets their cost of providing services.
This important legislation would go a long way toward supporting community providers of mental health and addictions services in a budget climate that has seen steadily decreasing state funding for behavioral health services over the last 4 years. For more information about the details of this bill, see our FQCBHC fact sheet.
Please help build congressional support for S. 2257 by asking your Senators to sign on as cosponsors! The more cosponsors a bill has, the greater its chance of passage.
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