Advocacy Alert: October 2023 Legislative News Round Up

November 2, 2023

For those of you who follow us on social media know, we post news stories on a daily basis that are connected to the behavioral health and addiction treatment industry.

Many of these are news stories regarding legislation, so once a month we send out a 'news roundup' of related news stories we've posted. Unless otherwise stated, BHAP has no official stance on any of these stories: the intention is to share so that we're all better informed as to what's happening in the legislative world.

A reminder that NBHAP members get access to a monthly update with our advocate in Washington, DC, to find out what is going on and ask any questions you may have. Feel free to contact us for more information on that.

Rep. Tokuda joins in introducing the Addressing Addiction After Disasters Act
Shared 10/2/2023
Rep. Jill Tokuda (HI-02) joined fellow Rep. Becca Balint (VT-AL) in introducing the Addressing Addiction After Disasters Act.

OR | Oregon coalition aims to make changes to measure 110
Shared 10/4/2023
A coalition of Oregonians trying to make changes to Measure 110, officially filed for a ballot measure.

NE | Nebraska lawmaker investigating mental, behavioral health needs
Shared 10/6/2023
State Sen. John Fredrickson of Omaha is evaluating solutions that could increase and improve mental and behavioral health care access statewide.

Why Advocates Say That Fentanyl Deaths Are Preventable
Shared 10/16/2023
The overwhelming majority of opioid overdose deaths are due to illicitly manufactured fentanyl.

NY | Governor Hochul Updates New Yorkers on State Efforts to Address Serious Mental Illness and Street Homelessness
Shared 10/16/2023
Governor Kathy Hochul updated New Yorkers on the latest State efforts to provide treatment and support for individuals with serious mental illness, part of efforts funded by her $1 billion investment in mental health care in FY 2024 State Budget.

NC | NCDHHS receives $14.8 million grant to connect families to mental health resources
Shared 10/17/2023
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services received a $14.8 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on Oct. 5 to support the mental health of children and families in North Carolina.

Medicare expands options for mental health care
Shared 10/30/2023
The need is critical because more than 124,000 behavioral health practitioners have opted out of providing care via the federal plan.

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