One in five Texans experience a mental health condition each year. Half a million Texas children have a serious emotional disturbance. More than two-thirds of people with a behavioral health condition get no treatment for that condition.
Workforce shortages, limited funding and insurance/treatment barriers create obstacles to accessing appropriate behavioral health care. The result is that adults and children in Texas with behavioral health needs increasingly rely on clinically inappropriate settings, such as hospital emergency departments, to receive needed behavioral health treatment. To improve the behavioral health care system and improve access to care, the Texas Hospital Association supports:
- A federal waiver from the Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion rule, which currently caps Medicaid inpatient behavioral health stays at 15 days for Texans aged 21-64.
- Increasing behavioral health hospital capacity by increasing contract beds and rates for state-contracted beds, both adult and pediatric.
- Mandating Medicaid coverage for intensive outpatient therapy and partial hospitalization
- Increasing funding to the Loan Repayment Program for Mental Health Professionals.
- Streamline the detention warrant acquisition process through electronic warrant applications.
- Create a grant program for behavioral health providers who lack access to electronic medical records and interoperability technology.
Additional information on THA’s behavioral health policy priorities is available here.
THA Behavioral Health Council
Over nearly five full months, THA advanced policy that furthered hospitals and health care across Texas, while absorbing relentless fire trained on hospitals at the same time. https://youtu.be/cBjDuU_1lzU In short,…
For nearly 75 years, the U.S. has observed May as Mental Health Awareness Month. At this unique point in the nation’s history, that long drive to turn awareness into progress…
Enshrined into Medicaid policy since its creation is a colossal gap for mental health coverage. THA has been advocating strongly to close that gap for years and is pushing for…
About midway through the 2023 session of the Texas Legislature, the Texas Hospital Association is tracking more than 1,600 pieces of legislation. If you’re a normal person, you don’t have…