Pursuing Equity in Mental Health Act (S. 1795)

    "White Americans seem to be more vulnerable to certain psychosocial risk factors for a wide range of physical and mental health outcomes compared to minority groups. In other words, they are less resilient – less able to successfully adapt to life tasks in the face of highly adverse conditions." Shervin Assari, Research Investigator of Psychiatry and Public Health, University of Michigan

    "This issue requires more than rhetoric; it demands decisive action. This legislation ensures that public health agencies prioritize tackling issues of mental health and suicide, as well as longstanding disparities that exist in mental health access for communities of color that continue to bear the disproportionate brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is my sincere hope that together, with colleagues on both sides of the aisle, we can finally address this racial inequity in our mental health care system." Source: Sen. Robert Menendez (Democrat, New Jersey) 

    "As we work to address and dismantle structural racial inequities in our healthcare system, we must prioritize expanding access to mental health care and services. The Mental Health Equity Act is an important step forward to ensuring that quality, affordable mental health care is accessible in and to every community" Source: Sen. Cory Booker (Democrat, New Jersey)

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