Occupational Therapy Included in House Version of Mental Health Reform Legislation 

6/24/2016 

Congress has moved one step closer towards passing a bill to improve services for people with mental health disorders. This past June 15th, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed HR 2646 the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act” by a vote of 53-0.

Among other provisions, the bill directs the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to develop a “strategic plan” every 5 years.  This strategic plan must include a strategy to improve the mental and behavioral workforce including occupational therapy.

Read more at  http://www.aota.org/Advocacy-Policy/Congressional-Affairs/Legislative-Issues-Update/2016/Occupational-Therapy-Included-in-House-Version-of-Mental-Health-Reform-Legislation.aspx