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A package of bills have been approved to aid in children’s mental health, advocates say more is needed

A package of bills were approved Monday regarding the mental health of children caused by the pandemic.

The bills include extending diagnostic authority for licensed mental health professionals amid an ongoing shortage of providers, enabling summer camps to hire behavioral health professionals and a strengthening of data collection for health professionals.


The bills will now go in front of the governor for approval.

Advocates are still looking for greater efforts to help children who struggle with mental illness, including a bill that would allow coverage for children and family treatment support services in Child Health Plus and legislation to guarantee rate equity for telehealth services.



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