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COVID-19 relief bill passes - a win for individuals with mental illness and their families

Source: Treatment Advocacy Center


Good news from here in the nation’s capital as we head into the final days of 2020. This week, Congress passed a historic COVID-19 relief package that includes funding to help states provide desperately needed mental health services.

Specifically, the Federal stimulus bill:

• Allocates $4.25B for psychiatric treatment, 10 times the amount that groups that treat mental health received in the last emergency spending bill.

• Includes a historic investment in emergency response and community mental services. This marks the first time in more than a half century that we have seen a new commitment of this size from the federal government.

• Funds local assisted outpatient treatment programs to the tune of $21M! We are glad to see Congress continuing its strong support for this vital program.

Click here to read the full text of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.

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