Psychiatr Serv 2021 Jul 29:appips202100019. Epub 2021 Jul 29.
National Center for Primary Care (Douglas, Li, Gaglioti), Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine (Douglas), Department of Family Medicine (Gaglioti), Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta; Legal Consultant, Atlanta (Bent Weber); College of Law, Georgia State University, Atlanta (Bass); Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Allied Health Sciences (Benevides), Institute of Public and Preventive Health (Benevides), Department of Population Health Sciences, Health Economics and Modeling Division, Medical College of Georgia (Heboyan), Augusta University, Augusta, Georgia.
Objective: This article describes policy surveillance methodology used to track changes in the comprehensiveness of state mental health insurance laws over 23 years, resulting in a data set that supports legal epidemiology studies measuring effects of these laws on mental health outcomes.
Methods: Structured policy surveillance methods, including a coding protocol, blind coding of laws in 10% of states, and consensus meetings, were used to track changes in state laws from 1997 through 2019-2020. The legal database Westlaw was used to identify relevant statutes. Read More