A measure to improve access to mental healthcare and reduce a rising suicide rate in Arizona was introduced late last week in the state’s legislature. The so-called “Jake’s Law” would expand youth access to behavioral health services in schools with an $8 million appropriation, establish a suicide mortality review team, and ensures insurance plans offered in Arizona comply with existing federal mental health parity laws, according to the bill’s sponsors. Two concurrent measures – SB1523 and HB2764 – of Jake’s Law were introduced by Sen. Kate Brophy McGee and Rep. Jeff Weninger.  The law is named after Jacob Edward Machovsky who was lost to suicide and drug addiction in Arizona on Jan. 11, 2016.

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