NAMI Montana has been working on two pieces of legislation at this year’s Congress: the “Guaranteeing Healthcare Access for Personnel Who Served (GHAPS) Act” (Senate Bill 1863) and efforts in the Senate improve veterans’ healthcare research.
Parts of this Legislation are comprised of advocacy issues that we have been working on for years beginning with our role on the Creating Options for Veterans’ Expedited Recovery (COVER) Commission.
Here are the areas of GHAPS which came out of our work on the COVER Commission. I really like them all, but am especially excited about the top three bullets.
- Recognize Peer Support in the VA’s healthcare accounting system
- Requiring access to treatment-resistant depression treatment
- Paperwork Reduction Act Exclusion – cutting red tape for outcome analysis & research
- Gap analysis for psychotherapies being provided by the VA
- Transportation analysis
- Telehealth expansion
The GHAPS Act has a lot of momentum this year and we really need to get it through Congress and signed into law by the end of this year. That process starts by getting it through the Senate and we could really use your help.
Your Senators’ contact information is available at this link. Please send them a message or give them a call asking them to support the passage of Senate Bill 1863, the GHAPS Act. https://www.senate.gov/senators/senators-contact.htm.