Behavioral health is a major public health issue in the District of Columbia. Sadly, many of the legislative and regulatory initiatives around behavioral health are tied to other public health concerns, such as opioid addiction, maternal mortality, and health equity.
In partnership with the Washington Psychiatric Society, AMA, and American Psychiatric Association (APA), MSDC works to ensure that patients receive appropriate support for behavioral health issues, that the practice of psychiatry is supported in the District, and that psychiatrists are available to patients in the District.
MSDC was a proud supporter of the Behavioral Health Parity Act of 2017, which enshrined into law that all health plans offered by an insurance carrier meet federal requirements of the Wellstone/Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.
MSDC Statements and Testimony of Behavioral Health Issues
24th Council period information coming soon
MSDC President Testifies at DHCF Oversight Hearing
March 4, 2021
Dr. Emanuel advocated for better support and reimbursement for physicians as well as funding postpartum care for 12 months.Continue Reading
MSDC Board of Directors Discusses Equitable Pay in Medicine, Unconscious Bias
February 23, 2021
The Board reviewed recommendations and reports on key initiatives including health equity in the medical profession.Continue Reading
Vaccine Rollout, Budget Hearings Offer Opportunities for Physician Advocacy
January 27, 2021
Newly announced hearings offer physicians the opportunity to use their advocacy skills on important issues.Continue Reading
MSDC Announces Advocacy "Curriculum" for DC Physicians
January 6, 2021
MSDC will have new ways for physicians to build their advocacy skills and advocate for their top issues in 2021 (and beyond).Continue Reading
Sample of Legislation MSDC is Tracking in Behavioral Health
(see the whole list of bills here)
What does it do? The bill requires licensed health providers to complete 2 hours of CME on suicide prevention, assessment, and screening.
MSDC position: MSDC opposes the bill as written as the language does not encourage physician wellbeing or sufficient awareness of suicide prevention.
Current status: The bill had a hearing with the Committee on Health on June 10.