Sustaining and Expanding Access to Behavioral Health Services

HAP supports new health care delivery models and additional flexibility in the delivery system to better address patients' behavioral health care needs.

Advocacy

HAP is working to:

  • Expand the role of advanced practice professionals in the behavioral health care setting to improve access to needed services
  • Address hospital challenges related to identifying treatment resources beyond the emergency department
  • Advance the use of telehealth and insurer reimbursement for telehealth to increase access to behavioral health services
  • Modernize policy to improve access to information to improve patient care
  • Secure additional state and federal funds to initiate new behavioral health care models in the state 

The pandemic has exacerbated the existing crisis of inadequate post-acute placements and behavioral health services. To help address is crisis, HAP supports addressing behavioral health and post-acute capacity and barriers:

  • Pennsylvania needs solutions to help patients receive the care they need after they leave the hospital. These solutions will vary from place to place; one-size-fits-all remedies rarely work

Telehealth

HAP supports regulatory changes to prevent insurers from prohibiting reimbursement for a service solely because it was provided via telemedicine.

HAP Opioid Learning Action Network

The HAP Opioid Learning Action Network (LAN), funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, was a two-year project that supported Pennsylvania’s hospitals in working collectively to identify, create, and disseminate promising practices to measurably increase the number of patients entering evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorders (OUD) and reduce overdose deaths.

For additional information about behavioral health, go to HAP’s Resource Center.

HAP Contacts

For more information, contact Jennifer Jordan, vice president, regulatory advocacy. Media inquiries should be directed to Liam Migdail, HAP's director, media relations.


HAP News

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