Senator Liz Boldon Introduces Bills to Expand Access to Mental Healthcare

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Thursday, March 14th, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee heard two bills authored by Senator Liz Boldon (DFL-Rochester) aimed at expanding access to mental health care.

The first, Senate File 3451, would address workforce shortcomings and streamline administrative processes for providers.

Shannon Brown, who runs Fernbrook Family Center in Southeast Minnesota, testified in support SF 3451 during the committee hearing. “While we all know increased rates to create sustainability are necessary,” Brown said, “the language in Senate File 3451 will allow community mental health providers to advance a more integrated, holistic model of care. It furthers the efforts to streamline regulations and create efficiencies, which would allow the providers to spend more time serving clients and less time engaging in administrative tasks that are burdensome, confusing, and oftentimes redundant.”

The second bill, Senate File 3552, would clarify eligibility for assertive community treatment (ACT) and create more flexibility to ensure patients can get the care they need.

Senator Boldon released the following statement after the conclusion of the hearings:

“In Minnesota and across the country, we are seeing an increasing demand for mental health services. These pieces of legislation take us in the right direction, but there is still more to do to address the needs of patients in every corner of the state. Reducing redundancies in administrative work and allowing for flexibility within the workforce will allow providers more time with their patients, while still maintaining important oversight.”

Both Senate Files were laid over in committee. Later this session, they could be included in the committee’s omnibus bills.

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Assistant LeaderSenate District 25
Senator Liz Boldon represents Senate District 25 which includes Rochester and Oronoco. She is vice chair of the Housing and Homelessness Prevention Committee, and serves on the Education Policy Committee, Elections Committee, and Health and Human Services Committee.
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