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Your Input is Needed: Survey on Parity in Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Beth Hess - Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Your Input is Needed

MCF is working with the Maryland Parity at 10 Campaign to disseminate a consumer survey to help us understand consumer experiences when seeking mental health and substance use disorder (MH/SUD) treatment through insurance coverage. With 290 people dying every day from either drug overdose or suicide, your responses will help us improve access to treatment services.

We are asking that you and other individuals who need or have sought MH/SUD treatment and live in Maryland complete this survey. We also encourage parents, families and friends who have sought treatment for themselves or their loved ones for MH/SUD conditions to also complete this survey.

Click here to begin the survey. It takes about 10 minutes to complete.

Your responses will help us better understand consumer and family experiences when seeking MH/SUD services through their insurance coverage and what consumers know about the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act – a federal law that bars discrimination in insurance coverage for these health conditions. The survey results will be used to develop educational materials and strategies to educate consumers and families about accessing care for MH/SUD services and challenging denials of care.

The goal of the Parity at 10 Campaign is to expand access to MH/SUD services through strong enforcement of the Parity Act. The Maryland Parity Coalition is working with five national organizations—Legal Action Center, Center on Addiction, The Kennedy Forum, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, and Public Health Management Corporation—on this campaign. The national organizations have drafted this survey with local input.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Courtney Hunter at Partnership for Drug-Free Kids at courtney_hunter@drugfree.org. If you have technical difficulties, please contact Amy Garcia at Partnership for Drug-Free Kids at amy_garcia@drugfree.org. If you have any questions about the Maryland Parity at 10 Campaign, please contact Ellen Weber at the Legal Action Center, eweber@lac.org.

Thank you in advance for your participation!

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