(Watch) Sen. Somers shares proposals to address mental health

January 26, 2022

(From News 8)

“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard from families who are struggling that I have to call in my favors to doctor friends to try to find them placement,” Sen. Heather Somers (R-Groton), the leading Republican on the General Assembly’s Public Health Committee said. “And if we do, it’s usually in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, or someplace hours away from family.”

Among some of the ideas Senate Republicans would like to see put in place:

  • Expand HUSKY Health to include master degree social workers getting more providers into the pool;
  • Make telehealth permanent;
  • Increase bed capacity at a facility solely for children;
  • More funding across the board to make coverage for outpatient therapy affordable.