WHA Praises Wisconsin State Senate for Passing Mental Health Bills

Mary Kay Grasmick, 608-274-1820, 575-7516


MADISON (January 22, 2014)---- The Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) praised the Wisconsin State Senate for passing a series of bipartisan bills that reform and modernize Wisconsin mental health laws.

“Wisconsin’s behavioral health care system is facing serious challenges. Identifying problems and finding solutions to help remove barriers to a more modern, accessible, integrated and consistent mental health system for Wisconsin is one of WHA’s top priorities,” according to WHA Executive Vice President Eric Borgerding. “We want to thank members of the Senate who supported these important reforms that will help improve outcomes for individuals with mental illness.”

WHA was particularly pleased with one of the hallmark proposals passed by the Senate: the Mental Health Care Coordination Bill.

“While the views and treatment of mental illness have evolved, our laws have not kept pace with that change. WHA is very pleased to see the Senate’s bipartisan passage of the Mental Health Care Coordination Bill,” said Borgerding. “This bill removes outdated barriers to care for patients with mental illness and brings long overdue reform, and parity, to behavioral health care.”

WHA particularly acknowledges the leadership of Senator Leah Vukmir, Senator Tim Carpenter, and Senator Jennifer Shilling for their work on the Mental Health Care Coordination Bill in the Senate.

The bills were passed by the Assembly in November and now move to the Governor’s desk for his signature.



WHA Contact:

Mary Kay Grasmick

Vice President, Communications