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2019-2020 Legislative and Public Policy Priorities

North Carolina's General Assembly is currently in session. NCPA staff and lobbyists are monitoring bills and have been on hand for legislative discussions of great significance to psychiatry. NCPA is available to serve as a resource to policy leaders in the state. We are focused on the following issues of importance to mental health...

  • Delay/extend time frames for psychiatry mandate to connect to NC HIE.

  • Supporting efforts to improve access to psychiatric care, including fair reimbursement, telepsychiatry, reduced administrative burdens, and payment for the Collaborative Care Model.

  • Support building the addiction treatment infrastructure and reducing barriers for medication assisted treatment (MAT).

  • Support Medicaid expansion and funding for the uninsured in the public mental health system.

  • Support efforts to improve mental health care in prisons and jails, to improve access to insurance if incarcerated, and reduce the number of people with mental illness and addictive disease in the justice system. 

  • Promoting MH/SA Parity