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NACo invites county leaders to sign on to behavioral health advocacy letter to Congress

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    NACo invites county leaders to sign on to behavioral health advocacy letter to Congress

    The National Association of Counties (NACo) is asking county leaders to sign on to a letter urging Congress to include key county behavioral health priorities in a bipartisan end-of-year legislative package that improves our ability to provide comprehensive behavioral health services in all settings, strengthens the behavioral health workforce and increases resident access to services.

    Following the expiration of the current short-term funding measure in December, Congress will have the opportunity to consider and pass behavioral health policies that would improve the lives of millions of Americans before the end of the year. As key intergovernmental partners, counties are urging lawmakers to support the following policies on behalf of our residents in need of care:

    • Amendment of the Medicaid Inmate Exclusion Policy (MIEP)
    • Repeal of the Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion
    • Direct and flexible grant programs to counties to support the recruitment, training and retention of a sufficient behavioral health workforce
    • Sustained federal funding to support local crisis response infrastructures through Medicaid
    • Enforce policies that ensure equal coverage of treatment for mental illness and addiction

    Counties are integral to the nation’s behavioral health system, as both fiscal contributors and coordinators of behavioral health services within county-owned and operated community health facilities. By directing resources to community-based treatment and services, we can better serve residents with behavioral health conditions, reduce reliance on the criminal legal system and direct valuable resources toward improving stability and health.

    Click here to view the full letter. To support our efforts to advance these policies, please sign on to the letter by clicking here.

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

    • Behavioral Health Matters to Counties
    • Medicaid Inmate Exclusion Policy (MIEP) Advocacy Toolkit
    The National Association of Counties (NACo) is asking county leaders to sign on to a letter urging Congress to include key county behavioral health priorities in a bipartisan end-of-year legislative package that improves our ability to provide comprehensive behavioral health services in all settings, strengthens the behavioral health workforce and increases resident access to services.
    2022-10-14
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    2022-10-15
NACo invites members to sign onto a letter urging Congress to include key county behavioral health priorities in a bipartisan legislative package

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is asking county leaders to sign on to a letter urging Congress to include key county behavioral health priorities in a bipartisan end-of-year legislative package that improves our ability to provide comprehensive behavioral health services in all settings, strengthens the behavioral health workforce and increases resident access to services.

Following the expiration of the current short-term funding measure in December, Congress will have the opportunity to consider and pass behavioral health policies that would improve the lives of millions of Americans before the end of the year. As key intergovernmental partners, counties are urging lawmakers to support the following policies on behalf of our residents in need of care:

  • Amendment of the Medicaid Inmate Exclusion Policy (MIEP)
  • Repeal of the Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion
  • Direct and flexible grant programs to counties to support the recruitment, training and retention of a sufficient behavioral health workforce
  • Sustained federal funding to support local crisis response infrastructures through Medicaid
  • Enforce policies that ensure equal coverage of treatment for mental illness and addiction

Counties are integral to the nation’s behavioral health system, as both fiscal contributors and coordinators of behavioral health services within county-owned and operated community health facilities. By directing resources to community-based treatment and services, we can better serve residents with behavioral health conditions, reduce reliance on the criminal legal system and direct valuable resources toward improving stability and health.

Click here to view the full letter. To support our efforts to advance these policies, please sign on to the letter by clicking here.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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    The Stepping Up Initiative

    In May 2015, NACo and partners at the CSG Justice Center and APA Foundation launched Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails.
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    The COVID-19 Recovery Clearinghouse features timely resources for counties, including allocation estimations, examples of county programs using federal coronavirus relief funds, the latest news and more.
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    Live Healthy U.S. Counties

    The National Association of Counties (NACo) Live Healthy Prescription, Health & Dental Discount Program is a NO-COST program available to all member counties.
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    <p>NACo&#39;s Opioid Solutions Center empowers local leaders to invest resources in effective treatment, recovery, prevention and harm reduction practices that save lives and address the underlying causes of substance use disorder.

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