Survey to Improve Access to Treatment Services for MH/SUD

NYAPRS News: In partnership with the national Parity at 10 Campaign we strongly support the work of The Legal Action Center disseminating a consumer survey to help us understand consumer experiences when seeking mental health and/or substance use disorder (MH/SUD) treatment through insurance coverage.  With 290 people dying every day from either drug overdose or suicide, the survey responses will help us improve access to treatment services.

We are asking that you share this with your networks of individuals who need or have sought SUD or MH treatment and who live in New York to complete this survey. If you have personal experience with seeking insurance coverage for treatment, we would appreciate you completing the survey as well.  We also encourage parents, families and friends who have sought treatment for themselves or their loved ones for SUD/MH conditions to also complete this survey.

The survey can be accessed by clicking on https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z975WPC and takes about 10 minutes to complete.

Your responses will help the partners of the Campaign better understand consumer and family experiences when seeking insurance coverage for SUD and/or MH services as well as what consumers know about the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. The survey results will be used to develop educational materials and strategies to educate consumers and families about accessing care for SUD and/or MH services and challenging denials of care.
The goal of the Parity at 10 Campaign is to expand access to MH/SUD services through strong enforcement of the Parity Act.  As a reminder, the New York Parity at 10 coalition is working with five national organizations—Legal Action Center, The Center on Addiction, The Kennedy Forum, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, and Public Health Management Corporation—on this campaign. The national organizations have drafted this survey with local input.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Courtney Hunter at Partnership for Drug-Free Kids at courtney_hunter@drugfree.org. If you have technical difficulties, please contact Amy Garcia at Partnership for Drug-Free Kids at amy_garcia@drugfree.org.

If you have any questions about the Parity at 10 Campaign, please contact Ellen Weber at the Legal Action Center at eweber@lac.org.

Thank you in advance for your participation!