February 2, 2022
Mental Health
  • Top senators pledged to work on a bipartisan mental health and substance use package this year. Senate HELP Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray renewed calls for a comprehensive package to address gaps in the behavioral health care system. Meanwhile, Senator Lisa Murkowski previewed two bills that she will introduce later this week: one that would protect Coast Guard members from being discharged for seeking mental health treatment and a second that would fund school mental health programming through SAMHSA grants. Senate Finance Committee leaders are also expected to unveil next steps on their own bipartisan package – which they introduced last fall –during a February 8th hearing on youth mental health with Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. (Article here)