The Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) monitors Congressional actions to impact additional mental health and addiction issues. Although the listed topics are where we find the greatest concentration of legislation affecting behavioral health in our nation, other issues are raised on occasion and will be found here.
For statements from past Congresses, view the archive.
- Effective Suicide Screening and Assessment in the Emergency Department Act (H.R. 1324/ S. 467): MHLG expresses support and thanks to Reps. Bilirakis and Soto and Sens. Murkowski and King for their legislation that would improve the identification and treatment of patients with suicidal ideation who access the emergency department.
- Mental Health Professionals Workforce Shortage Loan Repayment Act: MHLG writes a letter of support and thanks to Sens. Murkowski and Smith and Representatives Katko and Napolitano for their legislation that would create a student loan repayment program for mental health professionals who commit to working in underserved communities.
- Supporting Eating Disorders Recovery Through Vital Expansion (SERVE) Act (H.R. 1309/S. 194): MHLG writes a letter of support and thanks to Sens. Shaheen and Tillis and Representatives Moulton, Katko, and Escobar for their legislation that would improve access to care, early identification, and quality of care for servicemembers and military family members affected by eating disorders.
- Suicide Training and Awareness Nationally Delivered for Universal Prevention (STANDUP) Act H.R. 586: MHLG writes a letter of support and thanks to Reps. Scott Peters and Gus Bilirakis for their legislation which will encourage more educational agencies to create and implement student suicide awareness and prevention training policies via competitive SAMHSA grants.
- MHLG Endorses Pursuing Equity in Mental Health Act: The bill authorizes $805 million in grants and other funding to support research, improve the pipeline of culturally appropriate providers, build outreach programs that reduce stigma, and develop a training program for providers to effectively manage bias and reduce disparities in access to and delivery of mental health care for Black and brown youth.
- MHLG Writes in Support of the Mental Health Services for Students Act: MHLG wrote to Representatives Napolitano and Katko to express their strong support for the Mental Health Services for Students Act