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Herrera Beutler, Kaptur urge Administration to fund mental health programs


November 29, 2017

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) led a bipartisan group of 11 lawmakers urging the Office of Management and Budget to provide robust funding in 2019 to programs that address mental health, suicide prevention and substance use disorders.

“We are committed to building better futures for individuals and families affected by mental illness and serious mental illness. Unfortunately, stories of families who have suffered attempting to find care for a loved one are all too common. The opioid crisis has exacerbated and exhausted the attempt to find solutions on mental health and substance use disorders,” said the members in their letter.

“We strongly support investments in research, prevention, and treatment programs that will reach populations in need and increase coordination across the federal government. Promoting evidence-based programs at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will help those with mental illness rather than hinder them,” the members continued.

“We ask that you prioritize robust funding for programs that focus on mental illness, substance use disorder, and suicide prevention. We look forward to your response and partnering with you on this critical issue,” the members concluded.

Reps. Palazzo (R-MS), Sinema (D-AZ), Blumenauer (D-OR), Vargas (D-CA), McCollum (D-MN), Peter King (R-NY), David Young (R-IA), Knight (R-CA) and Paulsen (R-MN) also signed the letter.


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