By Eileen Weber
The Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA) highlighted three specific aspects of mental health to be focused on during the 2021-2022 legislative session: access to care, quality and continuity of care, and consumer and professional protections.
These focal points are further broken down into other topics needing attention:
- ensuring health plans are meeting current mental health parity requirements;
- standardizing insurance cards to show whether the plan is state or privately funded; and
- allowing coverage for providers for treatment, not just testing and assessment.
Jennifer Warkentin, Ph.D, MPA’s director of professional affairs and a psychologist with her own private practice, noted that the organization has been designating a specific legislative agenda since 2017.…