A few years ago, Mental Health Partnerships (MHP), then known as Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP), began expanding its supporter base and recruiting board members from outside the behavioral health space. But people from the corporate and business worlds didn’t easily grasp what the organization was all about. The name “Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania” didn’t say it all!
Yesterday morning, in an effort to finalize state budget negotiations, the Pennsylvania Senate passed HB 59, with provisions imposing work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries. The provisions also open the door to cuts in “nonessential” benefits including things like dental, vision and prescription drugs.
MHP is deeply disappointed in the outcome of the Senate to raise a “motion to proceed”, and consider specific proposals to either repeal, or repeal and replace, the Affordable Care Act. The motion passed by a vote of 51 to 50 Tuesday afternoon, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote.
The Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania has endeavored since 1951 to bolster long-term recovery outcomes for those in need. A newly announced name change to Mental Health Partnerships speaks, in part, to its expanded reach and ambition. NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller speaks with Michael Brody, President and CEO of Mental Health Partnerships. Listen to the conversation below.