Tell Your Representative: Protect Mental Health Services

 

A spending bill for the remainder of the fiscal year released by the House GOP majority would dramatically cut critical services for people with mental health and substance use conditions. The House began debate on this legislation today, Tuesday, February 15th, and will vote on it by the end of this week.

Funding for services, support and research for individuals with mental health or substance use conditions could see as much as a 20 percent cut, or be eliminated altogether.  In fact, the funding bill includes a $200 million cut to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, over a $1 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health and similar, significant cuts to juvenile justice and housing programs.

If approved, these proposed cuts will do immediate damage, especially in light of the $2.2 billion reduction in state mental health funding for programs serving our vulnerable population. They will also seriously jeopardize funding for critical mental health services in future years.

Contact Your House Member today. Tell Them to Vote Protect Mental Health Services

Contact your Representative by:

  1. Calling their offices: (use this zip code locator to find the names and numbers of your legislators).
  2. Completing the Email Your Legislator form with your information (below)

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Dear [Decision Maker],

I strongly urge you to oppose the House funding bill for the remainder of FY2011. This bill would jeopardize the health of millions in the nation, particularly those living with a mental health or substance use condition.

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Given that states have cut mental health funding by $2.2 billion, the federal investments in mental health and addiction services are truly are a lifeline providing these services in many communities.

I urge you to vote no and oppose the FY2011 funding bill.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]

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