President Biden Signs Historic Legislation Boosting Mental Health and Substance Use Programs in 2024

Biden Enacts Funding Bill for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Into Law

President Biden recently signed the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024, which includes several provisions aimed at improving mental health and substance use programs in FY 2024. The Act allocates significant funding for various programs, including $385 million for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, $986,532,000 for the Mental Health Block Grant, $153 million for the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program, $1,575,000,000 for State Opioid Response Grants, and $1,928,879,000 for Substance Use Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Services Block Grants.

In addition to these funding totals, the Act also includes specific provisions such as an $18 million increase in funding for the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline program. This program provides critical mental health services to individuals experiencing a crisis or suicidal ideation. Additionally, there is a $1 million increase in funding for the Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration grant technical assistance program. This program helps healthcare providers integrate mental health services into primary care settings to improve access to mental health care. Finally, there is a $75 million increase in funding for mental health research conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). This funding will help support cutting-edge research on mental health disorders and treatments.

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