Sens. Blunt, Stabenow push for passage of behavioral health bill

Sens. Blunt, Stabenow push for passage of behavioral health bill
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U.S. Sens. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) have urged fellow lawmakers to pass their bill, the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act, which would renew and expand funding for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs).

These clinics have been successful, according to a National Council for Behavioral Health report. CCBHCs, during their first year of operation, reported an 87 percent increase in the number of patients served, a 94 percent increase in the number of patients treated for addiction, and a 93 percent increase in staff trained in suicide prevention and response.

“As one of the pilot states participating in the Excellence program, CCBHCs in Missouri have helped people get treatment faster and closer to home, provided new tools to law enforcement and brought us closer to our goal of treating mental and behavioral health like all other health,” Blunt said.

One in five Americans suffer from mental illness or substance use, yet only 43 percent of the mentally ill and 12 percent of addicts receive care.

Drug overdose is the leading cause of death for Americans younger than 50, and suicide is the second-leading cause for people between the ages of 10 and 34.

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