Stop House's Cuts to Community Mental Health Services (SAMHSA)

November 4, 2011 -- Lawmakers are negotiating final funding levels for fiscal year 2012. You can help prevent deep cuts to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (8.4% of its budget) as proposed in the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill (HR 3070). Such cuts would stifle SAMHSA-funded community mental health services for children and adults with mental health and substance-use disorders, and increase unmet needs.

What You Can Do

Call your U.S. Representative and ask her/him to:

  • Reject deep funding cuts to the mental health and substance-use budget for SAMHSA as proposed by the House Appropriations Committee, and
  • Sign on to the Dear Colleague Letter that Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA), co-chair of the House Mental Health Caucus, is circulating, urging other Representatives to reject these deep cuts. 

You can identify your U.S. Representative at and then call them by calling the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.


See the October 4, 2011, Bazelon Center Mental Health Policy and Law Reporter for SAMHSA funding levels proposed by the Senate Appropriations Committee. At a minimum, advocates are seeking funding for SAMHSA at this level.

See the Mental Health Liaison Group letter to appropriators urging against SAMHSA cuts.

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