Anderson passes bill to help provide mental health care to bi-state area

Patients subject to involuntary admission will soon have greater access to care under legislation sponsored by Senator Neil Anderson (Andalusia) creating the Out-of-State Person Subject to Involuntary Admission on an Inpatient Basis Mental Health Treatment Act that has passed the Illinois Senate.

“When a family member, or a friend, is suffering from mental health issues, especially those that might warrant involuntary admission to a treatment facility, you want to ensure they have access to the best care possible,” said Anderson. “My legislation will allow Rock Island County, and the Eastern Iowa Mental Health Region to exchange out-of-state mental health services, helping to ensure that people have access to the care they need.”

The Act creates a three year pilot program which would allow Rock Island County, and the Eastern Iowa Mental Health Region to reciprocate the exchange of out-of-state mental health services for a person who is subject to involuntary admission.

The Robert Young Center, a state-of-the-art facility located in the Illinois Quad Cities, provides a wide variety of behavioral health services throughout the Quad City Area and is the primary crisis service and inpatient mental health provider for the bi-state area. Under Anderson’s legislation, a patient who is subject to involuntary admission in Iowa, could be treated at this facility.

House Bill 3703, which is identical to Senate Bill 624 sponsored by Anderson in the Senate, has passed both houses and will next be sent to the Governor for approval.

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