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 Recognizes National Physician Suicide Awareness Day
September 17, 2021
The Medical Society of the District of Columbia is committed to raising awareness of the physician suicide epidemic.Continue Reading
Mayor Bowser Issues Emergency Order Addressing MedStar's MCO Status
September 3, 2021
MSDC joins letter with DC Hospital Association, DC Primary Care Association, DC Behavioral Health Association, and DC Health Care Association urging Council and Mayor to create long-term solution.Continue Reading
JAMA Surgery - Female Surgeons Face Higher Risk of Infertility, Pregnancy Complications
August 2, 2021
The new study of 850 surgeons showed 42% of female surgeons suffered pregnancy loss and half experiencing major complications.Continue Reading
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
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.