WASHINGTON — Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), voted to pass the Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act, a bipartisan package to support communities providing care to people in need of hope and healing amid a worsening mental health crisis in America. This package includes Bustos’ Crisis Care Enhancement Act, which requires states to use a percentage of their Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) to upgrade crisis care programs and strategies.
“From our biggest cities to our smallest towns, too many Americans lack access to the mental health resources they need,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “As we work to reduce the stigma that prevents folks from seeking care, it’s vital that we expand the resources available in our communities for those in need of long-term support and immediate crisis care. Today, I was proud to help pass a bipartisan package to address our nation’s mental health crisis and strengthen access to care for those who need it.”
The Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act strengthens and expands more than 30 critical programs that collectively support mental health care and substance use disorder prevention, care, treatment and recovery support services in communities across the nation.
The legislation would reauthorize key Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) programs to address the national mental health and substance use disorder crises. It includes support for community-based youth and young adult suicide prevention efforts as well as additional resources for maternal health and substance use disorder among mothers, which are among the leading causes of death for pregnant and postpartum women.