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 https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml 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.