We are pleased to announce that our bill H.3205/S.1085 was granted an extension last week by the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use & Recovery. This was a critical step towards our goal of gaining the ability to authorize holds for reasons of acute psychiatric illness (“Section 12”) and to petition the courts for substance abuse treatment (“Section 35”).
We owe a deep debt of gratitude to Representative Marjorie Decker for her sponsorship of our bill and for her continued support in filing the official request for an extension for the bill.
The extension gives the bill until May 4th. This gives time for the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Use & Recovery to consider our bill and hopefully report it out favorably. This will move it on to the next step. We will need to continue to work hard to get the bill on reported out favorably on and certainly will be asking all of you for help in accomplishing this.
The MAPA Lobby Day on Beacon Hill is scheduled for Tuesday, April 3rd. We have over 100 students heading to the State House to talk with Senators and Representatives about our bill and help educate them as to why this is so critical for patients in MA and about the PA profession in general. All PAs are welcome and encouraged to join us for this event. Please contact Charlotte Boghossian at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the event.
We are thrilled to have this extension of our bill and, again, thank Representative Decker for her understanding of the issue, our profession and our contributions to healthcare in Massachusetts. If you would like to thank Representative Decker please email her at: Marjorie.Decker@mahouse.gov.
Stayed tuned and be ready to act!