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Senate Health Committee advancing mental health package; Society supports

The State Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee held a public hearing Thursday on more than a dozen bills, including some that emerged from the Speaker’s Task Force on Mental Health earlier this legislative session. The Society provided testimony on three of those bills:

  • Senate Bill 360 – better harmonizes Wisconsin’s mental health records privacy law with federal HIPAA standards, which will help promote better coordination of care for patients with mental health needs.
  • Senate Bill 359 – creating a child psychiatric consultation program.
  • Senate Bill 366 – creation of a primary care and psychiatry shortage grant program.

Assembly companion bills to the Senate versions previously passed the State Assembly either unanimously or on a voice vote. It is expected that the Senate Health Committee will vote on the bills next week, allowing the full Senate to vote on the bills later this month.

Contact Mark Grapentine, JD, for further information.

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