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
MSDC Asks Council to Support Physicians in Underserved Areas
May 14, 2020
MSDC sent a letter to the Council today asking them to protect independent physicians serving in areas of need.Continue Reading
MSDC PHP Chair Charles Samenow, MD Appears on Fox5 DC
March 31, 2020
Dr. Charles Samenow appeared on Fox 5 News to comment on a story about the increase in alcohol sales related to COVID-19.Continue Reading
MSDC's Physician Health Program is Here To Help During COVID-19
March 26, 2020
MSDC's Physician Health Program is here to help physicians struggling with coping with COVID-19Continue Reading
HHS Announces New Rules Governing Electronic Health Records
March 10, 2020
HHS announced yesterday new rules designed to make patient data more available to patients and improve interoperability of systems.Continue Reading
DC Health Releases 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment
February 20, 2020
The DC Health report is a snapshot of the District's overall health through various metrics.Continue Reading
MSDC + 50 States + Specialty Orgs = Protect Patients Under Medicaid
February 1, 2020
MSDC joined all 50 state medical societies and 12 specialty societies in opposing a CMS rule that would alter Medicaid funding.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 will have a hearing with the Committee on Health on June 10.