The Maryland Parity at 10 Coalition distributed a “Health Care Services for Marylanders with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders” questionnaire to gubernatorial candidates on August 22. To educate voters impartially and on a nonpartisan basis, complete candidate responses, including questions that are not answered, will be shared on the websites of the following organizations and used in compliance with all IRS rules for nonprofit organizations: Community Behavioral Health Assoc., Institute for Behavior Resources, Inc., James Place, Inc., Maryland Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, Maryland Coalition of Families, Maryland Heroin Awareness, Maryland Psychiatric Society, NAMI-MD, and Powell Recovery Center, Inc.
The Maryland Parity at 10 Campaign was formed to achieve full enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and state parity laws. This October marks the 10th anniversary of this landmark federal legislation, which mandates that health insurance plan standards for substance use and mental health benefits be comparable to and no more restrictive than the standards for other medical benefits. The Parity Act is designed to end historical discrimination in health insurance for persons with mental health and substance use disorders and extend access to life-saving treatment. The Maryland Parity at 10 Campaign is made up of organizations and providers representing substance use disorder and mental health providers and consumers and family members.