Subject: Tell Your Senators: Block the Cuts to Mental Health Services
Tell Your Senators: Block the Cuts to Mental Health Services
A spending bill for the remainder of the fiscal year passed on February 19 by the House Republican majority would drastically cut critical services for people with mental health and substance use conditions. This legislation is now before the Senate.
Under the House-crafted bill, public health funding, including services, support and research for individuals with mental health or substance use conditions, could see nearly a 20 percent cut, or be eliminated altogether. In fact, the funding bill includes a $200 million cut to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, over a $1.5 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health and similar, significant cuts to juvenile justice and housing programs.
If the Senate doesn't block the bill, these cuts will do immediate damage, especially in light of the $2.2 billion reduction in state mental health funding for programs serving our vulnerable population. They will also seriously jeopardize funding for critical mental health services in future years. TAKE ACTION!