The Obama Administration’s gun control proposal includes multiple provisions involving health care and mental health providers, as well as schools and health insurers. They include:
* Clarifying that no federal laws including HIPAA prohibit medical and mental health providers from reporting to police direct or credible threats of violence (click here for a clarification letter from HHS/OCR),
* Clarifying that language in the Affordable Care Act does NOT prohibit physicians from asking patients about guns in the house and gun safety,
* Finalizing regulations, expected in February 2013, requiring parity of group health coverage of mental health services,
* Ensuring Medicaid beneficiaries get quality mental health coverage,
* Implementing a new $40 million initiative to train teachers and others who regularly interact with students to recognize the need for mental health treatment and ensure students are referred for such services,
* Implementing a new program to spend $25 million to support individuals age 16 to 25 with mental health or substance abuse issues,
* Implementing another $25 million to establish school-based violence prevention programs that include offering mental health services,
* Providing $30 million to help schools develop and implement emergency management plans, and
* Providing $50 million in stipends and tuition reimbursement to train more than 5,000 mental health professionals to serve students and young adults.
The gun control plan is available here.
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