Georgia speaker pitches new mental health reforms
BLUE RIDGE, Georgia (WDEF) – House Speaker David Ralston introduced his legislation this year that he calls an overhaul of Georgia’s mental health care delivery system.
House Bill 1013 would reform the experiences in the workplace, clinics and for first responders.
Speaker Ralston says it will improve access to care, transparency, workforce issues and give new tools to frontline responders and communities.
He says those are ideas that are overdue for Georgia.
“Mental health issues touch almost every family in this state,” said Speaker David Ralston. “For much too long, our mental health care delivery system has been inadequate. The accessibility and availability of treatment has been woefully limited. For a state that is rated number one in the nation in which to do business, this is not acceptable.”
He and his fellow lawmakers didn’t come up with the ideas on their own.
They are based on recommendations from the Georgia Behavioral Health Reform & Innovation Commission which was set up three years ago.