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Hill Day Ask: Urge Your Legislators to Support the 9-8-8 Implementation Act of 2022
Bottom Line: In July 2022, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the nation’s main connection point to suicide prevention, mental health and substance use crisis response services, will become accessible through a new three-digit dialing code (988). Congress must provide much needed federal implementation guidance and resources to enable states to establish their 988 systems and align crisis services ahead of July.
 
The Ask: Cosponsor and support the passage of the 9-8-8 Implementation Act of 2022 (H.R.7116).
Thank Your Legislator for Expanding Mental Health and Substance Use Care
On June 24, Congress passed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act and President Biden signed the bill into law the following day. This bill dramatically increases funding for lifesaving mental health and substance use care programs by expanding Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics nationwide, and by boosting funding for 988 implementation and crisis services, mental health awareness training programs, and the community mental health block grant.
Hill Day Ask: Urge Your Legislators to Address the Mental Health and Substance use Treatment Workforce Shortage in America
Bottom Line: Nearly 150 million people live in mental health professional shortage areas. We need solutions now to help expand the workforce in the wake of increased demand. Expanding the Medicare workforce to include marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors and peer support specialists will dramatically increase access to lifesaving care for Medicare beneficiaries and help bolster the behavioral health workforce nationwide.
 
The Ask: Urge your legislators to cosponsor and support the passage of the Mental Health Access Improvement Act (S. 828/H.R. 432) and the Promoting Effective and Empowering Recovery Services (PEERS) in Medicare Act (S. 2144/H.R. 2767).

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