National Alliance on Mental Illness asks Baker to make mental health issues a priority

November 17, 2014
An advocacy group is recommending that Gov.-elect Charlie Baker take several steps to address mental health treatment during his first 100 days in office. The Massachusetts chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness specifically called on Baker to seek parity in the rates of public and private insurance payments made for behavioral health services as compared to other types of medical and surgical treatment. The group also said the incoming governor should address the incarceration of people with mental illness, and spell out policies and funding for mental health and addiction in the first state budget proposal he sends to the Legislature.