Stumpf and Stabenow Announce New Invoice to Increase Neighborhood Psychological Well being and Habit Companies Nationwide Add
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mon.) and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) Today announced their new bipartisan bill, the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Act of 2021 legislation will expand high quality mental health and addiction services nationwide by giving each state the ability to fully fund the establishment of certified community behavioral clinics in their communities as part of health care. Blunt and Stabenow created these community clinics through the law on “Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment”, which became law in 2014.
The Blunt and Stabenow Act of 2014 was the biggest step forward in expanding community mental health and addiction services in decades by allowing services to be funded through the health system rather than just grants. Ten states, including Missouri and Michigan, were selected for full participation in the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic program. Additionally, startup grants have expanded the number of clinics to more than 300 communities in 40 states plus Washington DC, and that number continues to grow. These clinics serve around 1.5 million people across the country.
The bill is supported by both parties and is supported by US Chief Financial Officer Ron Wyden (Ore.) And US Senators Steve Daines (Mont.), Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.), Tina Smith (Minn.), Jon Tester (Mont.) .), and Joni Ernst (Iowa).
“Although we are nearly out of this pandemic, our nation continues to face a significant mental and behavioral health crisis.” said Blunt. “Studies have shown that more Americans have been struggling with anxiety, depression, thoughts of suicide, and drug use in the past year. We can help more people get the care they need by expanding the certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics. These clinics serve nearly 1.5 million Americans and have been shown to have improved access to medical care, reduced hospital stays, and reduced emergency rooms. I urge all of our colleagues to support this bipartisan bill that will help change the way mental and behavioral health is treated in our nation. “
“Mental illness and substance use disorders do not discriminate – they affect our parents, children, CEOs, students, teachers, veterans, and other community leaders. For too long, our country has funded healthcare above the neck differently than healthcare below the neck. We are finally changing the way we deliver quality services in our communities, and the results are clear. It is time to expand these hugely successful clinics to people in all parts of our country. ” said Stabenow.
“Everyone in Nevada should have access to treatment for mental illness and substance use disorders.” said Cortez Masto. “Community Behavioral Health Clinics offer a variety of services, and they are a vital lifeline for many Nevadans in difficulty. This bill will help strengthen these clinics in Nevada and across the country. Destigmatizing mental health and providing the help they need to Nevada residents at risk is a top priority of mine, and I will continue to work to pass common sense laws that promote quality mental health care. “
“The past year has been difficult, and with unprecedented social isolation and an ongoing battle against illicit drug use in Montana, it is clear that more needs to be done to support individuals and families struggling with addiction or mental illness.” said Ranking member of the US Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care Daines. “My bill will help integrate physical and mental health care, provide coal miners faster access to treatment, and support community partnerships to improve care, reduce relapses, and prevent hospital readmissions.”
“This bipartisan legislation would make real strides in tackling this nation’s mental health and addiction crisis.” said tester. “Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics are already making a difference in our communities, and improved access to these types of clinics might not be more necessary to ensure that uninsured or low-income Montans and veterans have access to essential behavioral health services – our state for the healthier and safer for years to come. “
“When I experienced depression, resources were there for me. But right now, too many people don’t have access to the behavioral health care they need. ” said blacksmith. “That is why it is important that we fund Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics in full. I want anyone with a mental health problem to know that they are not alone. We can all help break the stigma by talking about it, and then we need to get down to work to give people the services they need. “
“Too often the criminal justice system is the de facto mental health facility for incarcerated people – a flawed approach to treating people who live in our communities with mental health or drug problems. But thanks to the CCBHC program, we have been able to build a better system that will divert people with mental illness out of prisons and reduce relapses in people struggling with mental illness or drug use. Through our partnership with Burrell Behavioral Health, a CCBHC here in Springfield, Missouri, we can better identify those in need of mental health care and then coordinate an appropriate plan to meet those needs. The passage of the Law of Excellence will help foster new partnerships like ours across the country and make every community safer and healthier. “ said Chief Paul Williams, Springfield, Missouri police chief.
“Access to adequate mental health and drug use treatment shouldn’t depend on where you live. As of 2017, the CCBHC program has provided life-saving care to millions of people, empowering mental health and drug use organizations to reduce waiting times, hire more staff, improve collaboration with criminal justice authorities, and improve care coordination with hospitals. Expanding the CCBHC program is the best solution to address the surge in reported mental illness and deaths from overdose across the country. We encourage Congress to pass the Excellence Act. ” said Chuck Ingoglia, President and CEO, National Council for Mental Wellbeing.
Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics must provide a full range of services, including 24/7/365 crisis services; outpatient treatment for mental health and substance abuse; immediate screenings, risk assessments and diagnoses; and care coordination, including partnerships with emergency rooms, law enforcement, and veterans groups.
A new report, The document, authored by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, shows that these community clinics are improving access to quality treatment for mental health and addictions that are changing the lives of thousands of people in communities across the country.
Statistics from the Department of Health and Human Services show that people who have received services in these clinics:
Had 63.2% fewer emergency room visits;
60.3% less time spent in prisons; and
Saw a 40.7% drop in homelessness.