Key Issues

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).
Hill Day Ask: Urge Your Legislators to Cosponsor the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Act
Bottom Line: Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) provide expanded services and critical care for people with mental health and substance use challenges. No matter where they live, people in every state should have the opportunity to access the lifesaving services CCBHCs provide.
 
The Ask: Urge your legislators to cosponsor and support the passage of the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Act (S. 2069/ H.R. 4323)
Hill Day Ask: Urge Your Legislators to Curb the Nation's Substance Use Crisis
Bottom Line: Curbing our nation’s overdose epidemic requires removing unnecessary barriers to medication-assisted treatment (MAT), standardizing prescriber education practices and expanding access to care for our nation’s most vulnerable populations.
 
The Ask: Urge your legislators to cosponsor and support the passage of the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment (MAT) Act (S. 445/H.R. 1384), the Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act (S.2235/H.R. 2067) and the Medicaid Reentry Act (S. 285/H.R. 955).
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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