Tell Congress to Act to Avoid Sequestration: Protect Mental Health Programs from Automatic Cuts
On January 2, 2013, vital programs that benefit all
Americans, including mental health and social service programs, will face
devastating, across-the-board cuts of between 8 and 11 percent through an arcane budget tool
known as "sequestration"—unless Congress acts to prevent them.
The cuts are required under The Budget Control Act of 2011,
which had directed a “Super Committee” to find $1.2 trillion in savings over 10
years in both defense and non-defense discretionary spending. Because the
committee failed to reach a deal, the automatic cuts are scheduled to be
triggered at the beginning of the year.
These mandatory cuts will have a devastating impact on
mental health and substance use programs and services and related public health
programs that are supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease
Control and other key agencies. A Mental Health America report on the sequestration
details how these indiscriminate cuts would harm individuals living with mental
health and substance use conditions.
These programs and services represent a small and shrinking
share of the federal budget and our overall economy. They are not drivers of
the debt. But to date, they have borne the brunt of deficit reduction efforts.
And further cuts will harm hundreds of thousands of children and families who
rely on these programs and services for help and support—unless Congress works
together to find a balanced approach to deficit reduction that protects public
Urge Your Members of
Congress to Act to Avoid Sequestration—Contact Them Today By:
their offices (use this zip code locator to find the names and number of your
2. Completing the Email Your Legislator form with your
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- Your Senators
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Act to Avoid Sequestration
Dear [Decision Maker],
As you know, on January 2, 2013, sequestration will go into effect unless legislative action is taken. As a result, domestic programs will be cut between 8 and 11 percent in FY 2013.
I urge you to do everything you can to avoid sequestration and work with fellow legislators to come together to forge a bipartisan, balanced and effective approach to dealing with our fiscal challenges that protect public health programs.
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