WGA emphasizes the need for state-federal collaboration on behavioral health policies

The Western Governors’ Association submitted policy recommendations to the House Committee on Ways and Means in advance of the Committee’s hearing on America’s mental health crisis. The letter of Jan. 31, signed by WGA Executive Director Jim Ogsbury, specifically encouraged the creation of federal programs to address the shortage of health care workers and highlighted the importance of coordinating with states when making behavioral health decisions. “Federal efforts to address health care workforce and access needs should reflect early, meaningful and substantive input from Governors, who are best positioned to assess the needs of their states and help develop solutions to meet these needs.” Read, download the letter

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