Representatives urge Congressional leadership to move forward on mental health bills

Representatives urge Congressional leadership to move forward on mental health bills
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A group of nearly 30 U.S. Congress members recently sent a letter to House leadership urging that 13 bills focused on mental health be reintroduced in the current legislative session.

The bills passed on suspension in the 116th Congress with bipartisan support.

The letter was sent to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Committee on Energy and Commerce chairman, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), the committee’s ranking member.

“The coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency is taking a toll on our constituents’ mental well-being and understandably may be stressful for many Americans,” the letter said. “We are witnessing how fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in both adults and children.”

The 13 bills are the Mental Health Services for Students Act, the HERO Act, the State Opioid Response Grant Authorization Act, the Improving Mental Health Access from the Emergency Department Act, the Behavioral Interventions Guidelines Act, the Suicide Prevention Lifeline Improvement Act, the Campaign to Prevent Suicide Act, the Effective Suicide Screening and Assessment in the Emergency Department Act, the Pursuing Equity in Mental Health Act, the Family Support Services for Addiction Act, the Suicide Prevention Act, the Bipartisan Solution to Cyclical Violence Act, and the STAND UP Act.

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