CASRA is soliciting proposals for the Spring 2014 conference to be held April 23-24th at the San Mateo Marriott in San Mateo.
We invite mental health and substance abuse treatment professionals to a new conversation. Recognizing our common ground and shared interests in serving Californians who are living with mental health and addiction issues, we believe now is the time for a richer collaboration. Let’s make ‘behavioral health’ real.
The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury today jointly issued a final rule increasing parity between mental health/substance use disorder benefits and medical/surgical benefits in group and individual health plans.
The final rule issued today implements the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, and ensures that health plans features like co-pays, deductibles and visit limits are generally not more restrictive for mental health/substance abuse disorders benefits than they are for medical/surgical benefits.
Of great interest to CASRA and its member agencies is the rule that ensures that parity applies to intermediate levels of care received in residential treatment or intensive outpatient settings.
If you were discharged from a hospital directly to home following cardiac by-pass or knee replacement surgery, it would be considered malpractice. In most instances, your hospital stay is followed by a residential rehabilitation stay, which may be followed by in-home or outpatient rehabilitation. Where is the behavioral health analog to physical health care rehabilitation?
This is the fundamental question that CASRA is asking insurers and providers in the private insurance market. And now with the federal parity rules clearly stating that residential treatment and intensive community services should be a covered benefit, we hope this will change.
For those individuals whose acute-care needs are addressed and who do not have a need for rehabilitation services – great! But, for those individuals who are experiencing difficulties in managing the disabling effects of mental illness? And those with concurrent physical health challenges as well. Where’s the rehab?
Click here for the CASRA Fall 2013 Newsletter.
CASRA is excited to announce the launch of the seventh course in our growing selection of online learning opportunities. Community Inclusion joins our line-up of online courses that meet the qualifications to sit for the national Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner exam.
The course provides an overview of the term "community inclusion," why behavioral healthcare providers should be knowledgeable of community inclusion, and what can be done to address barriers, provide supports, and expand opportunities for people with disabilities. This course is appropriate for all levels of behavioral healthcare providers. A combination of case studies, quizzes, and interactive games are used to help the student apply the material and make the safety of the individuals you work with your top priority.