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Senator Gowan Helps Provide Greater Access to Mental Health Treatment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Senator Gowan Helps Provide Greater Access to Mental Health Treatment

PHOENIX, ARIZONA— In an effort to address a serious issue stemming from Arizona's physician shortage, Senator David Gowan (R-19) sponsored SB 1710, which the Governor signed into law this week.

Currently, in order for someone experiencing severe mental illness to receive a court order for mental health treatment, a petition must be filed accompanied by the affidavits of two physicians. This bipartisan bill will now allow rural counties of 500,000 residents or less to submit a petition for court-ordered treatment, accompanied by an affidavit from one physician and either one physician assistant or a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner.

"This new law will benefit Arizona's rural communities and one of our state's most vulnerable populations," said Senator Gowan. "The legislation allows for medical professionals with expertise in the mental health field to provide a statement that can be used in court orders for mental health treatment. An inability to get two physicians to meet the requirements for procuring a court order for treatment was leaving folks with severe mental illness to decompensate in their mental states. This heartbreaking issue was brought to me by a hospital in my district, and it was my honor to create this legislation to help."


For more information, contact:

Kim Quintero

Director of Communications | Arizona State Senate Republican Caucus

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Laslo Keller
Laslo Keller
Oct 16, 2023

A very good initiative. This is very important, because problems with mental health can lead to many diseases in the body. Mental health is also important for sexual health. In this article about How Often Should a Man Ejaculate, you can read that when sexual health is impaired, a man's ejaculation is incorrect.

Therefore, it is important to avoid stress and take care of your mental health.

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