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Washington lawmakers’ $69 billion budget includes nearly $2 billion for mental health initiatives

| Apr 27, 2023 | Washington

Washington lawmakers released their two-year operating budget last weekend, which provides nearly $2 billion for mental health initiatives.     The $69 billion budget will provide funds for mental health support, emergency housing, and rental assistance over the next two years. It includes $211 million for community behavioral health capacity,...[ Read More ]

California Legislature takes up bill that aims to address behavioral healthcare staffing crisis

| Mar 27, 2023 | California

On March 20th, the California Nurses Association joined Asm. Matt Haney (D - San Francisco) outside of St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco to welcome the introduction of Assembly Bill 1001. The bill would create standards and procedures for hospitals to ensure staffing levels are available to immediately respond...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: Medicaid redeterminations, Signed health bills

| Mar 27, 2023 | Utah

This edition includes information about the state's preparation for upcoming Medicaid eligibility redeterminations and newly enacted health legislation. Thanks for reading! Eli Kirshbaum State of Reform    1. State agencies prepare for Medicaid redeterminations The first in a series of scheduled rate reductions to Utah Medicaid’s enhanced FMAP will occur...[ Read More ]

CCT’s Youth Advisory Board write legislators in support of bill that would increase equitable mental health access for California youth

| Mar 24, 2023 | California

On Tuesday, the Youth Advisory Board of California Children’s Trust wrote a letter to legislators in proud support of Assembly Bill 665, which addresses barriers that youth on Medi-Cal face when seeking mental health services. About half of all Californian youth are on Medi-Cal, with the majority being youth of...[ Read More ]

Arizona’s Pima County launches ‘Not Alone’ campaign for youth and school staff

| Mar 14, 2023 | Arizona

On March 9th, the Pima County Health Department launched the “Not Alone” initiative, which addresses the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on K-12 students and faculty members. The campaign aims to communicate to young people experiencing mental health challenges to know that they are not alone in their...[ Read More ]

Washington Senate Ways and Means Committee passes numerous health bills as deadline for legislation with fiscal impact passes

| Feb 28, 2023 | Washington

Friday marked an important deadline in the Washington legislative session, as bills with fiscal impact had to be passed out of their original committee.     “Non-budget bills that haven’t cleared a fiscal [committee] by the end of Friday are left on the cutting room floor,” Gov. Jay Inslee stated...[ Read More ]