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Arizona lawmakers unanimously back mental heath legislation

Posted at 5:05 PM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 20:47:50-05

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature is moving to approve legislation aimed at preventing teenage suicides and requiring insurance companies to pay for mental health care under the same rules that apply to physical ailments.

The House and Senate approved the measure unanimously Tuesday.

The measure directs $8 million to cover mental health treatments for children and teens who are uninsured or underinsured.

It creates a team of experts to review medical records of minors who take their own lives and make recommendations for reducing the number of suicides.

Gov. Doug Ducey is expected to sign it.

I’m proud to sign S.B. 1523, also known as Jake’s Law. Losing one person to suicide is one too many — and Arizona is working to combat suicide and save lives. Thank you @KateMcGeeAZ, @JeffWeninger, @FoundationJEM & all advocates who worked to get this bill passed. #TheArizonaWay— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) March 4, 2020