April 29, 2009
Overbey legislation helps ensure crisis care services
are available to mentally ill
(NASHVILLE, TN) — The full Senate has approved legislation that seeks to ensure that crisis services continue to be available for mentally ill citizens. The bill, SB 441, requires the Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities to coordinate with other departments and agencies of state government to make sure that services for persons in psychiatric emergencies include a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week toll free telephone number, and walk-in triage screening, assessment, intervention and follow-up care. It also calls for access to in-house crisis care.
“We must assure access to true emergency crisis intervention for our citizens who have a mental illness,” said Senator Overbey. “This legislation will promote access to a continuum of appropriate services for some of our most vulnerable citizens. I am pleased this legislation has been approved by our State Senate.”
The bill also assures that citizens are available to access services despite their insurance program or their ability to pay.