MHPAEA Final Rule Overview

November 26th, 2013 by Chloe Morgan

Please see the final regulations regarding the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. –  The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) became Public Law 110-343 in October 2008. MHPAEA, or the federal parity law, seeks to eliminate discriminatory access to mental health and substance use disorder (MH and SUD) benefits in certain health insurance coverage. Plans subject to the federal parity law are precluded from providing MH and SUD benefits in a more restrictive way than other covered medical and surgical  benefits.

Click here to read the full overview.

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Final Rule on MHPAEA Released

November 11th, 2013 by Chloe Morgan

On Friday, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor (DOL), and the Treasury jointly issues the long awaited final rule to implement the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) of 2008. This intends to close loopholes, expressed from providers, in the Interim Final Rules- particularly those around enforcement. The final rule aim to ensure that health plan features such as co-pays, deductibles, and limits are generally not more restrictive for mental health/substance use disorder benefits than they are for medical/surgical benefits. Legal Action Center is reviewing the MHPAEA final rule and will provide summary analysis soon.

This release is key in North Carolina. The analysis of the federal final rule will serve to guide North Carolina as we work to ensure state policy and practices are in line with federal laws, and provide mechanisms to ensure these requirements are followed.

For more information on the Federal MHPAEA:
Department of Labor
Health and Human Services

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NC Readiness Assessment Needs Your Participation

October 31st, 2013 by Chloe Morgan


As a member of the Substance Use Disorders field in North Carolina, your organizations are on the front lines of service delivery. The NC Substance Abuse Provider Association, Addiction Professionals of North Carolina, and the NC Substance Abuse Prevention Providers Association is pleased to partner together with the State Associations of Addiction Services (SAAS) to examine the capacities of providers across the state. SAAS works across the nation to support prevention, treatment, and recovery service providers on readiness for adapting to changes in healthcare services and funding streams. Their Readiness and Capabilities Assessment has been completed for approximately 40 states to gather data to direct planning for training and technical assistance.

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Recovery Conference – November 13-15th

October 31st, 2013 by Chloe Morgan

recoveryColleagues and stakeholders, make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to attend the Recovery Conference on November 13th, 14th, and 15th at the Radisson in RTP. We will have nationally known speakers with expertise in mental health and substance use disorder recovery. Don’t miss it!

Recovery Conference Brochure

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October SA Federation Meeting Details

September 30th, 2013 by Chloe Morgan


The next SA Federation Meeting is October 3, 2013 from 10am-12pm at the NC Psychological Association.

Call-in Information:

Call-in # (Toll) : 1-650-479-3208
Access Code: 802 206 918

SA Federation Agenda – October 3, 2013

Click here to view the minutes from the August and September meetings.

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