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 Calls for Fee Reduction, Wellbeing Resources in District Budget
June 14, 2021
Dr. Emanuel thanked the District for proposed HPLRP funding and suggested ways to support physicians within the budget.Continue Reading
DC Health Opens New Healthcare Loan Reimbursement Application Cycle
June 9, 2021
The Health Professionals Loan Repayment Program is looking for OB/GYNs and psychiatrists to practice in Wards 7 and 8Continue Reading
District Launches Mental Health Emergency Dispatch Program
May 18, 2021
Joining other cities, the District is trialing a program to better serve people in emergencies who need behavioral health attention.Continue Reading
Health Professional Loan Repayment Program Applications Close April 30
April 29, 2021
The HPLRP is a great opportunity for physicians to earn medical school loan repayment while working in an area of DC in need.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.