Post by Logan on Jun 16, 2016 14:54:42 GMT -6
Lawmakers touted a package of bills Thursday to improve access to mental health care in Delaware following a recent report from a state task force addressing major gaps in services.
The packages includes new measures that formally create a suicide prevention coalition and a permanent commission that will oversee and monitor the state's behavioral health system. Other bills in the package include an initiative, newly signed into law, that will address the lack of psychiatric services in Sussex County and another bill to increase access to pre and post-partum maternal mental health services.
“This is a health crisis and it’s cut throughout every demographic, every Zip code and tragically every age group,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Patricia Blevins, D-Elsmere, and co-chair of the task force.
The Behavioral and Mental Health Task Force first came together after Christiana Care Health System closed Herman Rosenblum Child and Adolescent Center in Wilmington and moved psychologists, social workers and therapists into the hospital’s primary care practices.
Read more: www.delawareonline.com/story/news/health/2016/06/16/bills-look-close-gaps-mental-health-care/85974678/