The primary legislative issue this year was around funding for peer support centers. Original plans to cut all funding were changed after an outcry from advocates including a systematic effort by dbsa members. It was a great effort by many people and showed the power of ordinary people to make a difference when they raised their voices in an united fashion. Lots of reason for everyone to be proud.
Medicaid expansion did not happen and faces an uphill battle next year.
The AOT pilot project in Knoxville will continue for one year. Efforts to extend it past that were unsuccessful.
Several major bills involving mental health are now being debated on the national level."
Larry is at work again this year to rally individuals and groups across the state to keep the peer service centers open. The battle fought and won is back on our doorsteps. I sat with a group of individuals this past week, writing and signing cards to Gov. Haslam. We did it together last year, why not win again this year?