Legislative Positions

AGPA actively promotes the awareness of group psychotherapy as a treatment alternative to the public, patients/clients, potential sources of referrals, creators and public policy, third-party payers, and educators.

AGPA is an active participant in the Mental Health Liaison Group, a consortium of mental health organizations which cooperates on public information and legislative initiatives. As part of its work with the Mental Health Liaison Group, AGPA has supported the following legislation:

Legislative Positions

Letter in Support of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Mental Health Liaison Group
Sep 10, 2012
Support of U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Similar to the principles of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the principles of the CRPD include equality, non-discrimination, full inclusion in society, accessibility, and respect for individuals’ dignity. The CRPD aims to ensure that countries across the globe provide people with disabilities the same rights as everyone else in order to live full, satisfying and productive lives; ratification of the treaty by the United States will send a needed signal around the world about the importance of enabling individuals with disabilities to be full participants in society.
A letter concerned with dual eligibles living with mental illness and their providers, June 6, 2012
Mental Health Liaison Group
Jun 06, 2012
A letter requesting this office ensure proposals for programs to implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ensure critical protections for dually eligible individuals with mental illness (those eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid); a highly vulnerable population, two-thirds of whom are low income and elderly and one-third of whom are disabled, and who are more likely to have mental or cognitive impairments.
Examining Medicare and Medicaid Coordination for Dual-Eligibles
Mental Health Liaison Group
Jul 18, 2012
A letter submitted for the record for the hearing “Examining Medicare and Medicaid Coordination for Dual Eligibles” requesting strong congressional oversight to ensure proposals for programs to implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ensure critical protections for dually eligible individuals with mental illness (those eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid); a highly vulnerable population, two-thirds of whom are low income and elderly and one-third of whom are disabled, and who are more likely to have mental or cognitive impairments.
OFFICIAL FOR DISSEMINATION-Connecticut School Shooting Position Statement 12-19-2012-2 pm ET
Mental Health Liaison Group
Dec 19, 2012
AGPA has endorsed a position statement on school shootings, developed by an interdisciplinary group on preventing school and community violence which provides scientifically informed principles and recommendations for practitioners, policymakers and the public at large to help prevent future mass shootings.
Parity Ad Final
Aug 31, 2012
AGPA was a supporting organization in an advertisement which ran in Politico (a political news publication) in August 2012 supporting the continuation of safeguards insuring that dual eligibles-(those enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid programs) with mental health and addictive disorders receive choice and access to effective treatments to meet their needs.
December 2012 Essential Health Benefits
Mental Health Liaison Group
Dec 26, 2012
A letter offering comments on areas to be included in the Proposed Rule on Standards Related to Essential Health Benefits as they will be included in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, most specifically with regard to insuring parity for mental health in a variety of areas
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)
Mental Health Liaison Group
Oct 21, 2011
Letter regarding the proposed rule establishing summaries of benefits and coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), recommending an amendment to the definition of medical necessity in order to better protect persons with disabilities and chronic conditions.
Medicare Mental Health Modernization Act of 2011
Mental Health Liaison Group
Jun 06, 2013
Letter supporting the “Medicare Mental Health Modernization Act of 2011” H.R. 2783, which addresses limitations in the current mental health benefit in Medicare affecting its ability to meet treatment needs.
Medicaid Caps
Mental Health Liaison Group
Jun 06, 2013
Letter urging opposition to any deficit reduction agreement that would significantly cut, block, grant or impose harmful spending caps on Medicaid.
Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act Reauthorization of 2011
Mental Health Liaison Group
Jun 06, 2013
Letter supporting the “Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act Reauthorization of 2011,” which renews and strengthens the commitment to critically important youth and college suicide prevention programs administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Behavioral Health Info Technology Act
Mental Health Liaison Group
Apr 01, 2011
Letter supporting S. 539, the “Behavioral Health Information Technology Act of 2011,” a bill that extends the meaningful use incentives in the HITECH act (for using technology that would improve coordination of care) to mental health and substance abuse providers and facilities.
Medicare 2011 Mental Health Modernization Act
Mental Health Liaison Group
Mar 11, 2011
Letter supporting the “Medicare Mental Health Modernization Act of 2011” which addresses limitations in the current mental health benefit in Medicare affecting its ability to meet treatment needs.
Medicare Mental Health Inpatient Equity Act
Mental Health Liaison Group
Feb 11, 2011
Letter supporting the “Medicare Mental Health Inpatient Equity Act” which eliminates discrimination against mental illness in Medicare by eliminating the 190 day lifetime limit of inpatient psychiatric hospital care, a limit not placed upon any other hospital settings.
Mental Health on Campus Improvement Act
Mental Health Liaison Group
Jun 06, 2013
Letter expressing support for the “Mental Health on Campus Improvement Act” which assists universities in addressing the growing mental health needs of their communities by providing grants to eligible colleges for comprehensive behavioral health programs.
Mental Health in Schools 2011 Act
Mental Health Liaison Group
Jun 06, 2013
Letter supporting the reintroduction of the “Mental Health in Schools Act of 2011” which would expand the availability of comprehensive school-based mental health services for students in communities across America.
Safeguarding the Healthcare and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010
Mental Health Liaison Group
Jan 13, 2011
Letter opposing H.R. 2, which would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the health reform parts of the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010.

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