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Governor Ducey Signs Jake’s Law

From the Help & Hope for YOUth newsletter:

On March 3, 2020, Governor Doug Ducey joined mental health advocates, legislators and family members affected by suicide to sign SB1523, also known as Jake’s Law. The legislation, introduced by Senator Kate Brophy McGee and Representative Jeff Weninger, requires health care insurers to cover mental health like they would cover physical health. The bipartisan bill passed through the Arizona legislature with unanimous support and fulfills a significant legislative priority highlighted in Governor Ducey’s State of the State Address.

SB1523 is named in honor of Jake Machovsky, an Arizona teen who lost his life to suicide in 2016 after battling mental health issues. Jake’s parents, Denise and Ben, started the JEM Foundation to end youth suicide and expand behavioral health services.

For more information about Jake’s Law, click here.