The National Council for Behavioral Health honored U.S. Senator Susan Collins with the 2017 Behavioral Health Champion Award for her advocacy to preserve health care for those struggling with mental health and substance abuse disorders.
Members of the National Council for Behavioral Health presented Senator Collins with the award in her Washington, D.C., office.
“Serving more than 10 million adults, children, and families, the National Council for Behavioral Health is devoted to ensuring that all individuals with mental health and substance abuse disorders receive the health care they need," said Collins. "I am honored to receive the National Council’s 2017 Behavioral Health Champion Award for my work to preserve and expand access to health care. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to support policies that promote a bright future for those living with mental illness or addiction.”
In May, Senator Collins joined a bipartisan group of six Senators in introducing the Medicaid Coverage for Addiction Recovery Expansion (Medicaid CARE) Act. The legislation would allow Medicaid to reimburse care provided to patients in residential mental health or substance abuse facilities that hold up to 40 beds, up from the current 16 bed limit.