Milestones for Mental Health
1946 – National Mental Health Act
The National Mental Health Act was signed into law on July 3, 1946. This act made mental health of the people a federal priority. It was through this act that a new form of diagnosis and treatment was created to help those facing mental health challenges. It also helped discover that more mental health patients benefit from an evaluation and treatment plan versus being institutionalized, changing the way we care for mental health.
1963 – Community Mental Health Act
The Community Mental Health Act was signed into law on October 31, 1963. This law changed the way mental health is treated and inspired optimism for mental healthcare across the nation. The establishment of community mental health centers throughout the country began in part due to this act. It also brought those who were being kept in mental health institutions back into the community where they could then seek new and more effective treatment.
1972 – Snohomish County Mental Health Services is formed
In 1972 Snohomish County Mental Health Services is formed from the County Mental Health Board and the County Mental Disabilities Board as a result of the Community Mental Health Act.
1996 – Mental Health Parity Act
The Mental Health Parity Act was signed into law on September 26, 1996. This law required that annual or lifetime dollar limits for mental health benefits be no lower than benefits for all other medical and surgical services. Prior to this law, insurance providers were not required to cover mental healthcare. This act made mental health services and treatment more accessible to the people.
2010 – Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010. This law created affordable and accessible healthcare for more people by expanding the medicare system and providing subsidies to give lower healthcare costs to those most in need. At Compass Health, we serve those who have most benefited from the Affordable Care Act allowing those near the poverty line to receive medical healthcare.
2019 – Transition to Integrated Managed Care
On July 1, 2019, the state transitioned to the Integrated Managed Care model. This model changed the way mental health organizations receive funds for treatment, making care more accessible and affordable to patients. It facilitates the integration of medical and behavioral healthcare, allowing providers to effectively treat the whole person.
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