Indiana Council 2018 Legislative and Public Policy Platform
For the 2018 legislative session, the Indiana Council has identified the following primary areas of advocacy on behalf of the community based mental health and substance use treatment system in Indiana.
Improving healthcare access is critical to ensure that high risk, high need health consumers have been appropriately determined eligible for services and afforded the opportunity for well-designed treatment options specific to their health condition. It is critical to develop and appropriately incentivize the mental health and substance abuse treatment workforce to meet the healthcare needs of Hoosiers.
Community mental health center (CMHC) providers are uniquely positioned to provide comprehensive health services to high risk, high need consumers suffering from mental health or substance use disorders and the legislature should take steps to ensure the system is appropriately funded to treat these vulnerable health consumers in their communities.
The Indiana Council Supports:
- Legislative changes that would allow graduates for social work and mental health counseling to take their licensure exam before accruing supervision hours.
- Legislation to expedite the credentialing process for providers.
- Legislative changes to Addiction Treatment Teams and Assertive Community Treatment that would allow for Medicaid utilization.
- Changes to the Indiana Criminal Code to reduce drug related offenses for individuals suffering from addiction, and redirect cost savings from the criminal justice system toward mental health and addiction treatment.
- Legislation addressing the challenges counties face in funding their respective community mental health centers.
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