Today at 12 p.m. ET, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), and Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) will host a press conference to reintroduce the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act - legislation that would extend and expand the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic initiative.
The expansion legislation will extend the initiative in the original eight states by two years and expand the groundbreaking program to 11 others states for two years. The press conference will feature remarks from the four bill authors, First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray, National Council member Laura Heebner from Compass Health Network in Missouri, Assistant Chief James Willyard from the Pryor Creek Police Department in Oklahoma, and Dea Duggan, a consumer receiving care at National Council member BestSelf Behavioral Health in Buffalo, New York.
Please join the National Council at 12 p.m. ET livestreaming the press conference
You can also engage in the conversation on social media with the following tweets:
The #ExcellenceInMentalHealth Act is crucial to expanding community based mental health and addiction services. We thank @SenStabenow, @RoyBlunt, @DorisMatsui, and @RepMullin for their leadership in re-introducing this bill today.
Reach out to your legislators to encourage them to support the #ExcellenceInMentalHealth Act. It will extend and expand CCBHCs which are improving access to mental health and addiction treatment in communities across the U.S.
The passage of the #ExcellenceInMentalHealth Act is the needed investment in community based mental health and addiction services.
If you want to improve our country's mental health care, CCBHCs are one of the most effective ways to do it. Ask your legislator to support the #ExcellenceInMentalHealth Act.
Funding for CCBHCs is scheduled to end in 2019. If this happens, more than 9,000 patients will lose access to medication-assisted treatment, 3,000 staff will be laid off and CCBHCs will be forced to turn people away. We must pass the #ExcellenceInMentalHealth Act.