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10/2/2017 Legislative
Legislative Interim Studies

The interim study committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health and Human Services conducted its second meeting on September 28, 2017 at 10 am in the Senate Health room, 431. The topics of discussion were potential improvements to the INSPECT program and the shortage of health care providers in Indiana. Various stakeholders provided testimony on the topic of health care provider shortages in Indiana; Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy, Indiana State Medical Association, Indiana Health Care Association, Magnolia Health Systems, Indiana Hospital Association, Indiana Pharmacist Alliance, Indiana State Nurses Association, Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses of Indiana and Indiana Society for Respiratory Care. Zach Cattell discussed the economic impact SNFs and ALs provide the state of Indiana. He also explained to the committee the workforce challenges facilities face daily. We look forward to working with the interim committee and then the full committees in each respected house to try and address our workforce challenges.

The last interim study committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health and Human Services is set for October 26, 2017 at 10 am in the Senate Health room, 431. The topics of discussion include possible state law and policy changes in response to federal law changes in health care, as well as consideration for the final committee report to be presented to the general assembly.

There are various other interim study committees we have and will continue to follow. One in particular is the interim study committee on Corrections and Criminal Code. The point of interest is the committee’s focus on mental health and addiction treatment services for inmates in the state of Indiana. The committee is looking at how to provide proper services in the proper setting. Jail is not the proper setting for those struggling with mental health issues and finding the correct setting for those individuals is something the committee hopes to try and tackle. We will keep up on this discussion and see what final recommendations the committee has for the general assembly.