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Behavioral Health Task Force

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The Behavioral Health (BH) Task Force is committed to advancing the understanding of laws impacting behavioral health, including the delivery of services to those living with mental illness, certain neurological conditions, substance use disorders or developmental disabilities, and reimbursement for such services. A complex framework of federal and state laws concerning privacy, information sharing and exchange, reimbursement, involuntary commitment, and other subjects provides unique challenges to health care providers and payers of behavioral health services. Scientific, legislative, and other developments, including health care reform, have presented new issues and opportunities in this area, including primary and behavioral health care integration initiatives, insurance coverage parity mandates, changes to Medicaid, and evolving public policy, to name a few. The BH Task Force monitors and evaluates these laws and developments through written materials, webinars, and in-person educational activities so that AHLA members are better equipped to advise clients on behavioral health topics. In addition, the work of the BH Task Force serves to raise awareness about how behavioral health laws influence health improvement efforts, and will include collaborative efforts with AHLA's Public Interest activities.

New Resource: BHTF Topical Library

AHLA is pleased to unveil a new PG resource, the Topical Library, where PG members can access the most relevant and recent AHLA publications and resources related to their practice area.

This Topical Library is exclusive to BHTF members and serves as a hub for AHLA content related to the BH practice area. Exclusive BHTF content, along with other AHLA content, is included in this Topical Library.

Access the Topical Library.

Special Resource

Subpoena Response Toolkit
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.


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Illinois Implements Licensing Process for Psychologist Prescribing - January 2018

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

An Analysis of Legal Issues—Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (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

Negotiating with Health Care IT Vendors - March 2016

CMS Publishes the 60-Day Reporting and Returning of Overpayments Final Rule - March 2016

Mental Health Parity and Insurance Coverage for Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapy - March 2015







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Leadership View Project Report Charts

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Suzanne J. Scrutton Chair Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease LLP Columbus, OH (614) 464-8313 Email
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Jennifer M. Lohse Vice Chair - Research & Website Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Center City, MN (651) 312-3024 Email
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Purvi B. Maniar Vice Chair - Strategic Planning and Special Projects Norton Rose Fulbright Saint Louis, MO (314) 505-8800 Email
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Eric J. Neiman Vice Chair - Membership Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP Portland, OR (971) 712-2802 Email
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Allison Hay Petersen Vice Chair - Publications Integris Health Oklahoma City, OK (405) 951-4787 Email
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Matthew W. Wolfe Vice Chair - Educational Programs Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP Raleigh, NC (919) 835-4647 Email
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Suzette Elizabeth Gordon Social Media Coordinator SCO Family of Services Glen Cove, NY 516-953-1819 Email

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