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Family Voices Indiana shares the following resource from NDNRC: Do you want to learn more about the treatment for mental health and substance use? Parity in qualified health plans for the treatment of mental health and substance use is a critical area when reviewing plan options for consumers living with mental illness. This week, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) released a report on mental health and substance use parity entitled "A Long Road Ahead: Achieving True Parity in Mental Health and Substance Use Care." The report includes findings of a survey and five policy recommendations to help bring parity to qualified health plans. To read our news item which includes a link to download a copy of the report, click here . Some other valuable NDNRC resources on mental illness and plan parity are our “ Fact Sheet # 7: Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity ” and our population specific fact sheet “ What to Know When Assisting a Consumer with Men
Family Voices Indiana shares the following from Indiana Coalition for Human Services: A quick update on some priorities of ICHS members in the Indiana General Assembly. HB1196 - CHINS and Delinquent Child Dual Determination has passed out of the House and Senate with slight differences. Conference committee TBA. HB1265 - Designation of Caregiver for Patients will be heard April 8 in Senate Health & Provider Services. HB1269 - Mental Health Matters will be heard in Senate Health & Provider Services on April 8. SB464 - Mental Health Issues up for third reading. SB420 - Developmental Disability Terminology has passed with an amendment in the House. April 15 is the deadline for bills on third reading and the General Assembly will adjourn on April 29. ICHS and Indiana Association of United Ways have partnered to offer a webinar series during the legislative session to keep you informed. The first intro webinar was recorded in January and highlighted a