May 28, 2020

Sen. Seveney named Legislator of the Year by Mental Health Association of Rhode Island


State House — The Mental Health Association of Rhode Island has named Sen. James A. Seveney (D-Dist. 11, Portsmouth, Bristol, Tiverton) Legislator of the Year for his sponsorship of a 2018 law improving the mental health of Rhode Island.

Senator Seveney was honored at the organization’s Mental Health Month kickoff at the State House on April 25.

Last year, Senator Seveney sponsored a law that requires insurers to treat behavioral health counseling and medication maintenance visits the same as primary health care visits when determining patient cost-sharing.

“I am honored to receive this recognition from the Mental Health Association,” said Senator Seveney. “I believe with this law we have improved mental illness prevention and intervention. Seeking mental health treatment can be an extremely difficult process for people. When it’s unaffordable because insurance companies require higher copays, it can become inaccessible to many Rhode Islanders who need it.”


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