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Arlington, VA — This week, congressional leadership released a $1.7 trillion spending package that includes significant investments to expand mental health care and policy changes that will help improve the lives of people affected by mental health conditions. NAMI applauds the omnibus legislation, which will fund the federal government through the remainder of the 2023 fiscal year (FY 23) and is expected to be passed by the Senate and House before a December 23 federal government funding deadline.
“Mental health is the bipartisan issue of our time, and NAMI is grateful that Congress has come together to make important investments in mental health,” said NAMI Chief Executive Officer Daniel H. Gillison Jr. “Our country is in an ongoing mental health crisis, which is impacting our kids, our friends, our families and our communities. We appreciate that Congress recognizes this urgent issue, and we are grateful for the significant bipartisan collaboration that has brought us to this point. We look forward to continuing to work with congressional leaders to enact proposals that didn’t get included in this end-of-year package to ensure that every person in this country gets the help they need and deserve.”
NAMI applauds the substantial investments included in the year-end legislation, including:
The legislation also reauthorizes key Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) programs through 2027.
For FY 23, Congress made key investments in several important mental health programs, including:
“While our work to advocate for individuals and families affected by mental illness is never done, we are gratified to see Congress’ ongoing commitment to addressing our mental health crisis,” said Gillison. “NAMI urges the Senate and House to quickly pass this omnibus funding package.”
NAMI’s nationwide network of more than 100,000 advocates has been fighting for better crisis response services, expanded workforce capacity, improvements in access to care and increases in research funding. However, the fight does not end here, and NAMI remains committed continuing to advocate to ensure federal policymakers take necessary actions to help build better lives for all people affected by mental illness.
To see more details on how the legislation impacts mental health, click here.