WASHINGTON– Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined 19 other senators in requesting funding for the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Reform Act of 2016 (HFMHCRA) in a letter to Chairman Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) of the Senate Committee on Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.
The purpose of the HFMHCRA is “to make available needed psychiatric, psychological, and supportive services for individuals with mental illness and families in mental health crisis, and for other purposes.”
The HFMHCRA is a part of the 21st Century Cures Act.
In the letter, the senators cited the shortage of mental health services in some areas of the country and the rising suicide rate as reasons necessitating “robust” mental health funding.
More funding is necessary to “enact the change that was outlined in the Mental Health Reform Act,” the senators said in the letter.
Funding for mental health and substance use disorder programs was included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, signed into law March 23, 2018.