June 30, 2022
D.C. News
  • The House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to markup a fiscal 2023 spending bill that would provide $124.2 billion to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), an increase of $15.6 billion above enacted levels. The billion allocates an additional $2 billion – for a total of $10.5 billion – to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with half of the increase going toward public health data, workforce, and other infrastructure needs. It also gives the Substance Use And Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) a $2.6 billion bump to bolster mental health and substance use disorder programs, including a $500 million increase to the Mental Health Block Grant (MHBG), increasing the mental health crisis care set-aside in the MHBG to 10 percent, creating a new 10 percent set-aside within the MHBG to support prevention and early intervention services, a $871 million increase for substance use services, and creating a new 10 percent set-aside within the SUBG for recovery support services. (Markup info here; Bill summary here)