Pennsylvania Governor Signs Executive Order to Improve Mental Health and SUD Accessibility

Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro signed an Executive Order directing commonwealth agencies to collaborate with mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) stakeholders to streamline and improve the accessibility of mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) services across the Commonwealth. A first-of-its-kind Council for Pennsylvania will develop and recommend to the governor a statewide action plan to address any gaps in access, affordability, or delivery of services. The Council has the goals of removing silos across state agencies, healthcare providers, payers, and state and local government sectors and decreasing the wait time for services for Pennsylvanians in need. The EO also creates an Advisory Committee that will share industry knowledge, expertise, reports, findings, and feedback from the communities they serve with the Council to assist members in their work to improve the delivery of services.