Appropriations Archive

Investing in mental health and substance use prevention and treatment is vital to saving lives, as well as money. Early interventions can prevent unnecessary costs for the healthcare and justice systems, among others: people with untreated mental illnesses are 4-6 times more likely to be incarcerated than those without – with the average yearly cost of imprisoning an inmate at $25,000, far more than the cost of community treatment. The Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) supports policies that provide funding to programs that work with mental health and substance use.

Issue statements from past Congresses appear below. For statements from the current session of Congress, view the appropriations issue statements page.