The Lexington Mental Health Care Act has received Senate blessing from Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer Charles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerCotton says Kavanaugh nomination moving forward as Trump approves FBI probe Cotton says Kavanaugh inquiry ‘unexpected but necessary’ The Hill’s Morning Report — Kavanaugh confirmation faces fresh uncertainties MORE (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday.
It would provide federal funding to states for mental health care, and would require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to study the feasibility of providing mental health services to the mentally ill.
Currently, the Mental Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (MHIPA) requires states to submit a plan to the federal government every year to help them determine if mental health programs can be provided in their communities.
The bill would also establish a task force to study how to better manage mental health and substance abuse services, and a $1.3 billion mental health infrastructure grant to state and local governments.
Schumer and Democratic colleagues introduced the bill earlier this year, and Schumer told reporters the bill would “significantly improve mental health in our country.”
The legislation has bipartisan support.
The legislation was signed by President Trump Donald John TrumpTop consumer bureau official blasts colleague over blog posts dismissing racism Trump ‘baby blimp’ going to Washington state for hurricane relief MORE on Jan. 25, according to a White House statement.
Schumers office said it has met with a number of state legislators and was pleased to see bipartisan support for the bill.
“The Lexington Mental Healthcare Act is a major step toward providing the mental health community with resources and tools to address the needs of people who are experiencing mental health crises,” the statement said.
“We look forward to working with our members of Congress and the administration to bring the Lexington Mental Care Act to life.”
Democrats are also working to improve mental healthcare coverage in the state of Maine, which has the lowest rate of the 50 states in terms of the number of residents in private mental hospitals.
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