H.R. 1205, the "Improving Mental Health Access from the Emergency Department Act of 2021", was introduced by Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA-36).  It passed the House on May 12, 2021.  This Act would authorize grants to health providers that operate emergency departments, are staffed by medical personnel capable of providing treatment to stabilize acute mental health conditions, and have arrangements in place with other providers of care to provide treatment of acute mental health episodes.  The grants would be used to create, support or expand programs to assist patients treated for acute mental health episodes to transition to an appropriate facility or setting for follow-on care.  Grants could be used for alternative approaches such as telepsychiatry and proactive followup such as telemedicine.

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