We are a grassroots movement hoping to shape policy that will create an environment where every young person with a behavioral health disorder can reach their potential. How do we shape policy? We work with legislators to get bills introduced. Remember School House Rock? Watch closely. We are at the part where a group of concerned citizens have an idea and get together to ask their legislator to sponsor a bill.

Concerned citizens can make a difference! 

What public policy issue do we want to work on first?

  1. Dialectical Behavior Therapy should be accessible to all Missourians.  The first step is establishing certification standards in Missouri.  Then we can work on ensuring providers are adequately reimbursed for the care they provide.  This may involve working nationally to get CPT codes established.

We are very grateful that Senator Greg Razer prefiled SB397, our first step in resolving shortcomings in certification standards in MO by establishing a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Task Force to make recommendations to the Department of Commerce and Insurance.

On Feb. 11, HB1123 was filed by Representative Mike Stephens.  Thank you Representative Stephens!  HB1123 establishes the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Task Force to make recommendations on certification standards in MO.  HB1123 also requires insurance companies to cover all components of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (insurance companies already cover DBT, but many are only reimbursing for certain components) which will ensure more Missourians have access to this lifesaving and quality of life enhancing therapy.


What other public policy ideas do we have?

  1. In addition to DBT, we would like to address problem of inadequate billing codes to cover effective therapies such as EMDR Intensives, Coordinated Specialty Care for First Episode Psychosis, and Crisis Care.
  2. Address medical necessity being used as a barrier to treatment for behavioral health disorders. Treatment should occur #B4Stage4

Aspire offers public policy education on these and other vital measures.  We can make a difference in the community.  Contact us for more information today and let’s get to work on connecting the community to our state elected officials in Missouri to support policy change on these vital issues!

We can do better in Missouri. Today’s system is failing our children, teens, and young adults. We are in a behavioral health crisis.