President Biden’s $1.3 Billion Boost for Mental Health and Substance Use Programs: What You Need to Know

Biden Enacts Funding Bill for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Into Law

President Biden recently signed the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024, which includes a number of key provisions aimed at improving mental health and substance use programs in the United States. Among these provisions are several funding allocations that have been specifically designed to support these initiatives.

One of the most notable aspects of this Act is the $385 million that has been allocated for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, which will help to ensure that individuals who are struggling with mental health issues have access to high-quality care. Additionally, the Mental Health Block Grant has received $986,532,000 in funding, which will be used to support a variety of mental health programs and services across the country.

The Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program has also received $153 million in funding, which will help to ensure that healthcare professionals who work with individuals who are struggling with mental health and substance use issues have access to the training and resources they need to provide effective care.

In addition to these funding allocations, the Act also includes specific provisions aimed at improving mental health research and treatment services. For example, an $18 million increase in funding has been provided for the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, which will help to ensure that individuals who are experiencing a crisis can receive immediate support when they need it. Additionally, a $75 million increase in funding has been provided for mental health research conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Overall, these funding allocations and provisions demonstrate a strong commitment on the part of President Biden and Congress to addressing some of the most pressing mental health and substance use issues facing our country today. If you have any questions about these initiatives or would like more information about how they might impact your community or organization, please don’t hesitate to reach out to RCPA Policy Director Jim Sharp.

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