Federal bills Mental Health Colorado is following

We partner with Mental Health America to advocate for congressional bills on mental health and substance use. We contact U.S. Senators and Representatives, visit with their office, and follow rules written by national departments such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

S.26612 – National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2019 introduced by Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) requires the Federal Communications Commission to designate 9–8–8 as the universal telephone number for a national suicide prevention and mental-health crisis hotline. The Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Veterans Affairs must jointly report on how to make the use of 9–8–8 operational and effective across the country.

S.1895 – Lower Health Care Costs Act

H.R.8206 – Peers Act of 2020 introduced by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA-27) clarifies the eligibility for participation of peer support specialists in the furnishing of behavioral health integration services under the Medicare program.

H.R. 2061/S. 1012 – Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act introduced by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) and Sen. Joe Manchin (WV). H.R. 2062/ S. 1012 would align an old law with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act to fully integrate substance use health information.

S. 1770 Resilience Investment, Support, and Expansion (RISE) from Trauma Act introduced by Sens. Richard Durbin (IL) and Shelley Moore Capito (WV). S. 1770 would prevent and mitigate childhood trauma’s impact on mental health.

H.R. 1109/S. 1122 – Mental Health Services for Students Act introduced by Rep. Grace Napolitano (CA-32) and Sen. Tina Smith (MN). H.R. 1109/S. 1122 would extend mental health services in schools, a key access point for children before a crisis.

H.R. 1329 – Medicaid Re-Entry Act Allows for inmates to receive medicaid benefits again 30 days before release.

H.R. 2451 – Mental Health Professionals Workforce Shortage Loan Repayment Act introduced by John Katko (NY-24). H.R. 2431 would authorize a new loan repayment program in designated mental health professional shortage areas.