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Behavioral Health Task Force

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The Behavioral Health Task Force (BH TF) is committed to advancing the understanding of laws impacting behavioral health, including the delivery of and reimbursement for such services. A complex framework of federal and state laws provides unique challenges to health care providers and payers of behavioral health services. Scientific, legislative, and other developments have presented new issues and opportunities in this area. The BH TF monitors and evaluates these laws and developments through publications and educational programming so that AHLA members are better equipped to advise their clients. In addition, the work of the BH TF serves to raise awareness about how behavioral health laws influence health improvement efforts.

​News and Education

Federal Court Finds United Behavioral Health Violated ERISA When Denying Coverage for Mental Health and Addiction Treatment (PG Bulletin, March 21, 2019)

House Hearing Examines Allegations of Addiction Treatment Fraud
(PG Bulletin, January 24, 2018)

Subpoena Response Toolkit (PG Toolkit, June 20, 2017)
The Subpoena Response Toolkit is a collection of materials designed to assist in-house legal departments with responding to subpoenas that request substance use disorder treatment information that is protected by 42 CFR Part 2. The Toolkit includes an introductory overview of the regulation and sample materials, such as form letters, template policies, and sample court orders.

42 C.F.R. Part 2 in Retrospective: The 30-Year Journey of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Confidentiality Regulations (PG Briefing, May 10, 2017)

An Analysis of Legal Issues—Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (PG Briefings, June-August 2016)
  • Part I: Identifying and Addressing Issues Impacting Pediatric Behavioral Health Patients
  • Part II: Consent for Behavioral Health Treatment by Minors
  • Part III: Patient Safety—Identifying and Addressing Legal Issues Involved When Treating Pediatric Patients with Behavioral Health Needs
  • Part IV: Considerations in Transporting Pediatric Patients in Psychiatric Crisis
  • Part V: Privacy—Identifying and Addressing Privacy and Confidentiality When Treating Pediatric Patients with Behavioral Health Needs
  • Part VI: Reimbursement Considerations When Treating Pediatric Patients with Behavioral Health Needs


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October 15, 2019 2:00 PM-3:30 PM Eastern
April 9, 2019 2:00 PM-3:30 PM Eastern

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Behavioral Health Task Force Leaders

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Eric J. Neiman Vice Chair - Member Engagement Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP Portland, OR (971) 712-2802 Email
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Allison Hay Petersen Vice Chair - Publishing Integris Health Oklahoma City, OK (405) 951-4787 Email
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Purvi B. Maniar Chair Norton Rose Fulbright Saint Louis, MO (314) 505-8800 Email
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Suzette Elizabeth Gordon Vice Chair - Educational Programming SCO Family of Services Glen Cove, NY 516-953-1819 Email
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Jennifer M. Lohse Vice Chair - Publishing Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Center City, MN (651) 312-3024 Email
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Matthew W. Wolfe Vice Chair - Educational Programming Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP Raleigh, NC (919) 835-4647 Email

Associated Practice Groups

AHLA members receive publications and educational programming produced by the BH TF through enrollment in any of the following Practice Groups: 

​Behavioral Health Specialty Topical Community

Join the conversation! This Community discusses behavioral health, including HIPAA security and privacy, mental health parity, alcohol and other drug abuse laws, sharing of behavioral health treatment records and information, and inclusion of behavioral health treatment providers in networks and/or accountable care organizations. Members of the BH TF's associated Practice Groups are automatically enrolled in this community.

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