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Expert on Mental Health Parity Law Coming to Riggs
The Austen Riggs Center is pleased to be hosting a visit with nationally-renowned expert Dr. Meiram Bendat on May 4-6, 2016. Dr. Bendat is an attorney with skills and knowledge unique in the field of health law. After representing children and families in the Los Angeles child welfare system and treating patients, he founded Psych-Appeal, the country’s first private mental health insurance law firm in 2011. Since then, Dr. Bendat has helped patients and providers successfully challenge denials of mental health treatment through administrative appeals and impact litigation, recovering millions of dollars in wrongly withheld benefits.
The visit is being organized by Associate Medical Director Eric M. Plakun, MD, DLFAPA, FACPsych, and Medical Director/CEO Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, and grew out of their work in the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP), where Dr. Bendat serves as a distinguished Ittelson Consultant. In collaboration with GAP, he recently authored, “In Name Only? Mental Health Parity or Illusory Reform.” The article was published in a special issue of the Journal of Psychodynamic Psychiatry devoted to the impact of mental health parity and the Affordable Care Act.
The invitation to meet with members of the Riggs clinical and administrative staff highlights our growing efforts to advocate for parity in mental health care coverage, with a special interest in parity in funding for psychosocial treatments like psychotherapy and residential treatment for patients who need more than outpatient treatment alone.
Dr. Bendat is an attorney licensed by the State Bar of California as well as a psychotherapist licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. With a background in law, clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy and psychoanalysis, he has served as a consultant to various mental health organizations and frequently presents on patient advocacy, access to treatment and mental health parity.
Dr. Bendat has been interviewed by National Public Radio, The New York Times, Forbes, Psychiatric News and other media outlets.
For more information, please visit: www.psych-appeal.com/meiram-bendat/.