Advocacy & Legislation

The legislative session began on January 11.  We anticipate that Keep the Door Open legislation will be re-introduced to index mental health provider wages to medical inflation.  Funding will be sought for an increase of mental health crisis interventions and services to reduce emergency department visits.  The End of Life Options issue is likely to resurface.  The legislature will also be asked for adequate funding for substance use disorder services to fight the growing opioid crisis and state beds for forensic mental health services.  There is a possibility that a bill involving Maintenance of Certification will be submitted.  As always, the MPS Legislative Committee and lobbyists will thoroughly screen bills that are introduced and provide feedback on those that are most important to psychiatry.  Please contact Kery Hummel at khummel@mdpsych.org if you would like to be involved in this effort.

Current Issues

Allmond Case

PLEASE HELP – Cases needed for two APA initiatives

Insurance Company Mergers & Network Adequacy

APA Coordinates Advocacy on Psychologists

Permanent SGR Fix Negotiations

APA and MPS Advocate for Network Adequacy