June 24, 2022
Congress’s bipartisan deal to address gun violence includes several proposals to bolster access to mental health services, particularly for children and families.
The U.S. House approved the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act today, sending the legislation—which the Senate approved Thursday—to President Joe Biden’s desk for his expected signature.
In addition to several proposals related to firearms and other measures, the bill includes new spending and directives to support access to behavioral health care. Those include:
“Pennsylvania’s hospital community welcomes new investments in expanding access to behavioral health care as part of the bipartisan, federal legislation addressing gun violence,” HAP President and CEO Andy Carter said. “Pennsylvania is facing a worsening behavioral health crisis and there are not enough services available to meet the need. These proposals—along with investments HAP is advocating for at the state level—will help to expand access to mental health services so Pennsylvanians can get the care they need, when and where they need it.”
For more information, contact John Myers, HAP’s vice president, federal advocacy.
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