The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted Indiana’s health challenges and underscored the need for action. This session, House Republicans focused on supporting initiatives to improve Hoosiers’ physical and mental health across the state.

House Enrolled Act 1007 creates a new grant program that directs $50 million to initiatives targeting chronic health conditions across Indiana in order to increase overall health. Preference will be given to proposals focused on improving health problems such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

With Senate Enrolled Act 82, more licensed professionals can diagnose mental health disorders to help Hoosiers obtain quicker access to treatment. Clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, clinical addiction counselors or physicians assistants can diagnose and refer an individual to start mental health treatment.

More licensed practitioners can offer telehealth services to Hoosiers as long as they ensure the same standard of care patients expect with an in-person appointment. Senate Enrolled Act 3 builds on efforts to help those in rural and underserved areas maintain access to care.

Those with autism, Down Syndrome and other diagnoses often receive specialized services through behavior analysts. Thanks to House Enrolled Act 1516, these professionals can now be licensed in Indiana, which will help families more easily find qualified practitioners.

These new laws will help us tackle some of the most critical health issues we face, and improve Hoosiers’ overall wellness and quality of life. For more information on these and other new laws addressing public health issues, visit iga.in.gov.