New mental health law now in effect – InsuranceNewsNet

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georgia the new law on parity in mental health has come into force July, 1st. Under new state law, Georgia health insurers must cover mental health care at the same level as they cover physical ailments “Parity takes effect immediately,” the rep said. Todd JonesRSouth Forsyth, said of the new law July, 1st start date.

Jones, with Rep. Marie-Marguerite OlivierDDecatur, co-sponsored the omnibus bill in the state House of Representatives earlier this year.

Georgia families are hopefully more likely to receive the treatment they are entitled to,” Oliver said of the change introduced by the new parity law.

“People who haven’t received adequate treatment: New funding is coming, new attention is coming,” Oliver said.

Oliver — along with several other mental health advocates — pointed out that Georgians can report suspected parity violations to the state insurance department.

Georgians’ reports of their experiences would be key to ensuring the law is enforced, Oliver said.

georgia New Mental Health Act sends message that ‘mental health matters and is just as important as your physical health’ Kim Jonesgeneral manager of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Georgiasaid.

To explain parity in mental health, Jones gave the example of a health insurer that provides out-of-network coverage for urgent medical services.

That insurer must also cover urgent out-of-network mental health and addiction treatment under the parity rule, Jones explained.

The Georgia the insurance department will soon hire a new mental health parity officer to help oversee the law, Weston Burlesoncommunications director for the insurance department, said.

Ultimately, the department will collect and publish detailed information about health insurers’ performance on mental health parity, Burleson added.

The Mental Health Act also sets up a new MATCH (Multi-Agency Treatment for Children) team.

The team will start meeting soon and will carefully consider the problem of Georgia children in state custody who don’t have stable placements, Oliver said.

“The issue of emergency placement for these children requires a lot of attention,” Oliver said, noting that some of these children are staying in hotels or offices.

The new law also helps establish mental health co-responsor programs, Oliver said, with funds provided by the fiscal year 2023 budget.

Co-responsor programs pair mental health professionals with law enforcement officers to help respond to mental health and addiction crises.

Often the programs also offer follow-up services.

This story is available through a press partnership with Capitol Beat Press Servicea project of Georgia Press Educational Foundation.

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