On June 22, the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a comprehensive bipartisan bill to the U.S. Senate that would reauthorize key federal programs to address national mental health and addiction crises.
The bill includes several provisions introduced by U.S. Representatives Ashley Hinson (R-IA), Young Kim (R-CA), and Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA).
For example, the Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act, HR 7666, introduced May 6 by U.S. Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), includes the Keeping Incarceration Discharges Streamlined for Children and Accommodating Resources in Education Act or KIDS CARE Act, HR 7233, a bipartisan bill that Rep. Hinson co-sponsored in March with U.S. Rep. Ann Kuster (D-NH) to expand access to child care services. mental health care in schools.
“Children in this country have been asked to face more than they can handle in the past few years,” Rep. Hinson said Wednesday. “That’s why I helped introduce the bipartisan KIDS CARE Act to help expand access to behavioral and mental health services in schools. I’m proud that this bill, along with other bipartisan initiatives to address the overdose crisis and prevent youth suicide, were passed in the House tonight.
HR 7666 also included two bipartisan bills co-sponsored by Rep. Kim: the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Reauthorization Act, HR 7255, and the Light for Maternal Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Act of 2022, HR 7073.
“With over 100 drug overdoses and 132 suicides committed every day, it is clear that we have reached crisis levels of mental health in our communities. Urgent issues require urgent action,” Rep. Kim said. “I am grateful to my colleagues for coming together in a meaningful way to help address this devastating mental health crisis.”
HR 7255, which Rep. Kim introduced March 28 with the bill’s sponsor, Rep. McMorris Rodgers, and his original co-sponsor, U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan (D-MA), would support community suicide prevention efforts among youth and young adults.
HR 7073, which Rep. Kim introduced March 15 with the bill’s sponsor, U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA), would provide targeted investments to improve screening and treatment outcomes for mental health disorders and addiction in the mother and would create a maternal mental health hotline system.
“I am proud that the Into the Light for Maternal Mental Health Act and the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act have been included to support some of our most vulnerable, as mental health is the most common complication of pregnancy, and suicide and overdose are the main causes. deaths for postpartum women,” Rep. Kim said. “I will always fight for public health and the well-being of Southern California communities.”
Two bills co-sponsored by Rep. Miller-Meeks were also included in HR 7666 passed by the House: the Opioid Use Disorder Timely Treatment Act of 2022, HR 7238, and the of 2022 on access to mental health care for children, HR 7076.
“I am proud to see two of my bipartisan bills pass the House tonight,” Rep. Miller-Meeks said. “Over the past two years, communities across the country have seen a sharp increase in opioid overdoses and a serious deterioration in the mental health of our students. Unfortunately, Iowa was no exception to these crises.
HR 7238, which Rep. Miller-Meeks introduced with his original cosponsor, U.S. Rep. Cynthia Axne (D-IA) and the bill’s sponsor, U.S. Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN), would revise the criteria for admission to the opioid treatment program to eliminate the requirement that patients have been addicted for at least one year before being admitted to treatment, according to the text of the bill.
Bipartisan HR 7076, sponsored by U.S. Representative Kim Schrier (D-WA), would reauthorize funding for children’s mental and behavioral health programs and help address the crisis in children’s mental health care exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. 19 in progress, according to the deputy. Personal.
“My two bills, along with the larger package, will provide immediate relief to Iowans in need,” Rep. Miller-Meeks said. “I will continue to work to find solutions for Americans struggling with opioid use disorders and mental health issues and get them the help they need.”