Should we expand resources for mental and behavioral health?
• "Whenever vital services such as mental health care and substance abuse treatment are placed under the umbrella of government regulation, there is a constant danger that when the budget is tight, as it often is, vital health care programs will be seen as fair ground to cut government operating expenses." Source: Susan Lane, BlueRidgeNow.com
• "My bipartisan legislation would completely overhaul the way that we respond to behavioral health crises, lifting the burden from law enforcement agencies and providing communities with the resources and guidance they need to develop comprehensive behavioral health crisis services, from crisis hotlines to behavioral health urgent care facilities." Source: Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (Democrat, Nevada)
• "Mental health should always be taken seriously, and after over a year spent largely in our homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, taking care of ourselves and others is more important than ever" Source: Sen. John Cornyn (Republican, Texas)
This bill will mandate the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish and enact standards of continuous care for individuals experiencing mental or behavioral health crises. Individuals of any age with substance abuse struggles or an inability to pay would not be disqualified from services. Sponsor: Sen. Catherine Cortez (Democrat, Nevada)