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Now is the time to reach out to your members of Congress to underscore the needs of mental health and substance use treatment providers and organizations.  Don’t forget to customize this language with your personal stories - doing so will help legislators hear your story in your words.


 

 


 




Additional Resources


Factsheet: 
Fulfilling the Promise of 988

With a July 2022 transition date for 988 implementation fast approaching, significant investments are needed to improve and bolster the suicide prevention, mental health and substance use crisis care continuum.


Factsheet: 
Supporting and Expanding Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics

Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) provide critical care for people with mental health and substance use challenges. Every state should have the opportunity to participate in the CCBHC demonstration program, so that people nationwide can access expanded services provided by CCBHCs.


Factsheet: 
Curbing the Nation’s Substance Use Crisis

Curbing our nation’s overdose epidemic requires removing unnecessary barriers to medication-assisted treatment (MAT), standardizing prescriber education practices and expanding access to care for our nation’s most vulnerable populations. 

Factsheet: Addressing the Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Workforce Shortage in America

Nearly 150 million people live in mental health professional shortage areas. We need solutions now to help expand the workforce in the wake of increased demand. Expanding the Medicare workforce to include marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors and peer support specialists will dramatically increase access to lifesaving care for Medicare beneficiaries and help bolster the behavioral health workforce nationwide.



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