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On the Hill: Mental Health, Substance Abuse Bill Introduced

Last week, Reps. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) introduced legislation to reauthorize federal programs focused on the national mental health and substance use disorder crises.

The legislation from Pallone and McMorris Rodgers — chair and ranking member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, respectively — would reauthorize programs of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Health Resources and Services Administration.

The Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee is expected to mark up the legislation, formally called the Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act of 2022, this week, in recognition of May being Mental Health Awareness Month. Lawmakers in both chambers of Congress are working in bipartisan fashion on mental health legislation, and this House bill signals policy priorities from a key authorizing committee.

Congressional Schedule

The House and Senate are in session this week.

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Christina Fagnano is the legislative affairs associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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