Senator Joe Manchin co-sponsors Excellence in Mental Health Act

CHARLESTON — Senator Joe Manchin(D-W.Va.) co-sponsored the Excellence in Mental Health Act, giving the bill bipartisan support with Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) already signed on.

West Virginia Behavioral Healthcare Providers Association (WVBHPA) CEO Mark Drennan met recently with Sen. Manchin during a roundtable discussion at WVU’s Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute in Morgantown.

“We are incredibly proud to receive this support from Senator Manchin,” WVBHPA CEO Mark Drennan said. “The senator’s support represents another step closer to our goal of fundamentally transforming the way behavioral health services are delivered not only in West Virginia, but in the entire country.”

If passed by Congress, the Excellence in Mental Health Act would allow any state to participate in the community certified behavioral health centers (CCBHC’s) demonstration program and would establish a sustainable financing option to support their operations. Alongside collaborations with law enforcement, CCBHC’s divert civilians in crisis from jails, reduce hospitalizations and emergency department visits and generate savings for taxpayers.

“Everyone deserves quality access to mental health and substance use treatment services and the Excellence in Mental Health Act will deliver just that,” Drennan said.

You can learn more about CCBHC’s and the Excellence in Mental Health act here: