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“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.
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.
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
“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.
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