Everyone should have access to mental health resources so that they can get the help they need when they need it. That is why Sen. Castro has passed legislation that increases accessibility to mental health resources and she will continue to push legislation in Springfield that focuses on increasing access and directing more state funding towards mental health initiatives. Investing in mental health is investing in the overall wellbeing of our communities.
The Improving Health Care for Pregnant and Postpartum Individuals Act is now law thanks to Sen. Castro’s support. This legislation ensures that pregnant and new mothers can access mental health resources up to at least a year after delivery. This same legislation requires that Medicaid cover and encourage multiple postpartum visits for mothers so that all of their needs and questions are addressed.
For many individuals who suffer from addiction or are at risk of unnecessary institutionalization, housing insecurity is a constant threat. That is why Sen. Castro sponsored legislation that Creates the Housing is Recovery Pilot Program within the Department of Human Services’s Division of Mental Health. This pilot program will provide bridge rental subsidies to ensure that individuals can stabilize their mental illness or substance abuse disorder while staying stably housed.