Public Form: Parity and Mental Health with Supervisor Shirlee Zane and Congressman Mike Thompson

Public Form with Shirlee Zane about Parity and Mental Health

When: Wednesday, September 24, 6-8 pm
Where: Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 575 Administration Drive, Room 102A, Santa Rosa, CA

Shirlee ZaneSonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane, an outspoken advocate for mental health parity, will be speaking at a forum this coming Wednesday, September 24th. Other panelists will include California State Assemblymember Mariko Yamada; Bonnie Preston, Policy and Outreach Specialist, US Department of Health and Human Services Region IX; Sherrie Lowenstein, Deputy Director for Legislative Affairs, California Department of Managed Health Care; Brenda Grealish, Chief of Mental Health Services Division, California Department of Health Care Services.

Description of the event: “The Affordable Care Act provides one of the largest expansions of mental health and substance use disorder coverage in a generation, requiring that health insurance plans on the Health Insurance Marketplaces cover mental health and substance use disorder services.

“This forum and listening session will provide the public with an opportunity to ask questions and report to their elected officials and agency representatives on individual experiences with mental health care and whether health plans are achieving mental health and substance use parity, meaning coverage for mental health and substance abuse services generally are on par with those for medical and surgical services.”

Click here for the flyer: Mental Health Parity Forum, Sonoma County