That's a collateral contact. Good clinicians and good doctors do it all of the time; we take better care of patients when we do. Right now, we don't get reimbursed for it, and most of us talk ourselves out of its necessity. This is one of the things promoting the silos that are the mental health care system. We need to make collateral contact a routine part of the practice.
SB 757/H 3586 would mean that mental health workers COULD get paid for what should be a routine part of practice. It brings us one step closer to an integrated system of care for children with mental illness.
We will see how I do in my testimony tomorrow. I'll try to blog about the hearing.