Behavioral Health

Information on how hospitals, health systems and other caregivers can improve treatment and management of illnesses affecting the mind as well as the body.
There may be a big roadblock to creating supervised injection facilities (SIFs) in Massachusetts – the federal government.
Governor Charlie Baker was at Beverly Hospital last Thursday as part of his tour to drum up support for his second major opioid bill.
The Health Policy Commission (HPC) last Wednesday announced a new grant program for eligible providers to help them reduce avoidable acute care use.
The MassHealth Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program is set to go live March 1, 2018.
10.31.2017  | The HEALTH Act
An Act Furthering Health Empowerment and Affordability by Leveraging Transformative Health Care (the HEALTH Act)
Senate leaders unveiled a 159-section, 101-page healthcare reform bill on Tuesday that addresses behavioral health, provider price variation, readmissions, the scope of practice for various health professions, and telemedicine – among a host of other
When the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission convened its October 16 conference in Boxborough to showcase healthcare delivery transformations achieved through its Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization, & Transformation (CHART) investment
The Health Policy Commission’s cost trends hearing held on Monday and Tuesday delivered, as usual, lots of data and testimony on the state of the state’s healthcare system. As part of the HPC’s conversation, the commonwealth’s two leading legislator
The Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA) appreciates the opportunity to submit comments on the following bills regarding primary care, behavioral and mental health and professional practice.
SB1081 Authorize Public Health Workers to Pursue New Measures to Reduce Harm and Stigma for People Affected by Substance Use Disorder
The Boston Globe had an interesting article last week on the rise of inpatient psychiatric beds in Massachusetts and the problem hospitals are having in recruiting psychiatrists to staff them.
Patients with serious mental illness who participated in a behavioral health home (BHH) program saw significant reductions in emergency department visits and psychiatric hospitalizations along with more preventive screenings for diabetes, according t
The president’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis last week issued its interim report, stating “our nation is in crisis” and calling on President Trump to declare the issue a national emergency.
HB110 An Act Relative to Ensuring the Safety of Residents of Facilities Under the Authority of the Department of Mental Health & the Department of Developmental Disabilities
MHA appreciates the opportunity to submit comments on the following bills regarding mental health and substance use disorder treatment.
Improving the Mental Health Examination Process of Inmates at Places of Detention
The Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association (MHA) appreciates the opportunity to submit comments on legislation related to improving access and treatment for behavioral health services.
A coalition of 27 healthcare, consumer, and business organizations who make up the Massachusetts Telemedicine Coalition (tMED) today announced the filing of state legislation to advance and promote access to telemedicine services for patients.
11.17.2015  | Behavioral Health
The Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA), on behalf of its member hospitals and health systems, appreciates this opportunity to offer comments related to the bills below.
The Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA), on behalf of its member hospitals and health systems, appreciates this opportunity to offer testimony in strong support of HB905, “An Act to Expand Coverage and Access to Behavioral Health Services.”

Resources

Click on the links below for easy access to important information related to state healthcare issues and advocacy.
Visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts websites below to find information on legislative hearings and other meetings of interest to the healthcare community.
To guide your navigation of the legislative process and assist your advocacy efforts, please visit the following state websites:
MHA has also developed the following documents for your information and benefit: