New Massachusetts Mental Health Reform Bill

The Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman announced to WSAR on Thursday that a new comprehensive reform package regarding mental health has been produced. 


Michael Rodrigues, who also serves as the Bristol-Plymouth 1st District State Senator, began to discuss what type of things we can expect from this piece of legislation. 


He told WSAR, “among other things it would eliminate prior authorizations so that should your mental health provider determine you need intensive outpatient treatment or inpatient treatment, you don’t have to wait for your insurance company to insure that.”  


Rodrigues went on to list the other things that represent what this bill will mean.


“It calls for true parity between mental and physical health,” he said. “It reforms the way we treat those, especially pediatric, that are present in emergency rooms. It insures they get the help they need in a timely manner.”


State House News Services is reporting that the bill will be debated in the Senate next week. Senators will have until Monday to file amendments for a Thursday debate.