Public Policy Updates
Wednesday, September 27, 2023 10:38 AM

NACBH Sign-On to Letter Supporting the Improving Mental Health & Wellness in Schools Act  

The NACBH has signed on to an Eating Disorders Coalition letter supporting the Improving Mental Health & Wellness in Schools Act. The Improving Mental Health and Wellness in Schools Act (H.R. 3331, S. 754) would add mental health as a category for inclusion in local school wellness policies in order to support mental health prevention, promotion, and intervention in schools. These policies would run parallel to school relationships with community providers but may encourage the deepening of these relationships for student benefit. Read the letter here.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 10:35 AM

How a Government Shutdown Would Impact Health Programs  

Health agencies are preparing for a potential government shutdown that could lead to furloughs of thousands of workers and disrupt public health programs. Lawmakers have until September 30 to pass a government funding bill, but disagreements have delayed a resolution. It is increasingly appearing that the government will shut down on October 1.    

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 10:31 AM

State Medicaid Unwinding Updates  

As explained in the last NACBH update, the Medicaid continuous enrollment provision, which had halted Medicaid disenrollments since March 2020, ended on March 31, 2023. As a result, states will unwind the continuous enrollment provision over the coming year and redetermine eligibility for all Medicaid enrollees. Then, states will disenroll all people that are no longer eligible or those who may still be eligible but were unable to complete the renewal process.  

Different states are taking varying approaches to the unwinding process, resulting in varied impacts on Medicaid enrollees. For example, Idaho has already completed its unwinding process in just six months, while Hawai'i has paused disenrollments until January 2024.   

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 10:13 AM

Closure of Mental Health Crisis Programs in Los Angeles County Highlights Ongoing Challenges in California  

Los Angeles County has decided to close mental health crisis linkage programs due to their underwhelming performance despite receiving approximately $30 million in state grants from the Mental Health Services Act. These programs, intended to provide urgent mental health support and prevent individuals in distress from ending up in hospitals or jails, will not be extended, resulting in the return of approximately $15 million in unspent state funds.  

Wednesday, June 28, 2023 06:22 PM

NACBH Letter of Support for the Ensuring Medicaid Continuity for Children in Foster Care Act

NACBH drafted and sent a letter of support this month to the House leads to the Ensuring Medicaid Continuity for Children in Foster Care Act, which would exempt Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTPs) from the IMD exclusion. Our organization and letter was shouted out by Congressman Gus Bilirakis at the Energy and Commerce Hearing on the topic on June 21 – you can watch it here. We will continue to be active in helping lead the effort to move the bill forward, including at the upcoming Committee markup on July 13.

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