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 the current session of Congress appear below. For statements from past Congresses, view the archive.
- MHLG Calls for a Behavioral Health Anomaly to the FY2021 Continuing Resolution: MHLG writes to Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, Minority Leader Schumer and Minority Leader McCarthy to urge to include desperately needed funding for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – funding that was previously included in the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act – as an anomaly in the Continuing Resolution (CR) or as a priority in a forthcoming coronavirus relief package.
- MHLG Endorses Mental Health Block Grant Increases for Crisis Care Set Aside: MHLG letter requesting support for appropriating an additional $35 million for a total of $757.5 million for the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant for FY 2021 to fund a five percent set aside for all states to fund crisis care services.
- MHLG Appropriations Recommendations and Requests FY 2021, 3.3.2020: As trusted leaders in the field, our 70+ member organizations are dedicated to elevating the national conversation around mental health and addiction. What follows is a broad array of appropriations recommendations for mental health and addiction policies and programs for Fiscal Year 2021, a majority of which are supported by the majority of the Mental Health Liaison Group full voting members.
- MHLG Appropriations Recommendations for FY2020, 5.2.19
- MHLG FY2020 H.R. 2021 Support Letter, 4.11.19: On behalf of the Mental Health Liaison Group, the undersigned organizations wrote to Chairman Yarmuth and Ranking Member Womack to support H.R. 2021 – the Investing for the People Act of 2019.
- MHLG FY2018 Omnibus Letter, 3.16.18: The Mental Health Liaison Group wrote to Chairman Cochran, Ranking Member Leahy, Chairman Frelinghuysen and Ranking Member Lowey urging their support for important mental health and addiction prevention and treatment priorities in the upcoming FY2018 omnibus spending package.
- MHLG Responds to Budget Deal, 2.23.18: The Mental Health Liaison Group sent a letter to Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, Speaker of the House Ryan and Minority Leader Pelosi to applaud the Congress’s announcement and passage of a recent budget deal.
- MHLG Supports Recent Budget Deal, 2.23.18: The Mental Health Liaison Group sent a letter to Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, Speaker of the House Ryan and Minority Leader Pelosi applauding the Congress’s announcement and passage of a recent budget deal that authorizes an additional $6 billion in spending for mental health and addiction treatment programs over the next two years.
- MHLG Recommends Appropriations Committee Prioritize Behavioral Health, 7.17.17: The Mental Health Liaison Group sent a letter to Senate and House Appropriations Committee ranking members, urging them to prioritize prevention and treatment in FY2018. They attached specific appropriations recommendations, as well as a statement of support for the State Targeted Response Grants as authorized by the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016.