As the House Energy and Commerce Committee prepares to vote tomorrow on the 21st Century Cures Act, Reps. Tim Murphy (R-Penn.) and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) hope to address the legal challenges of electronically exchanging behavioral health data.

“For too long, substance use and mental health services have been treated as separate from the larger healthcare system. This has served to increase the stigma surrounding mental health and substance use disorders, and it’s created a scenario where many suffering from these disorders face a fragmented and oftentimes uncoordinated care delivery system,” said Tonko during opening statements in yesterday’s committee markup of the proposed legislation. “One way we can promote integrated care is through the modernization of the requirements contained in 42 CFR Part 2.”

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