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Nearly 150 county officials sign onto NACo’s behavioral health advocacy letter to Congress

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    Nearly 150 county officials sign onto NACo’s behavioral health advocacy letter to Congress

    The National Association of Counties (NACo) led a bipartisan group of nearly 150 county elected officials in calling on Congress to pass key county priorities in an end-of-year behavioral and mental health legislative package.

    In a letter to U.S. Senate and House leadership, the county officials pointed to five policies that would significantly improve local behavioral health services:

    • Amend the Medicaid Inmate Exclusion Policy (MIEP)
    • Repeal the Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion
    • Fund direct and flexible grant programs to counties to support the recruitment, training and retention of a sufficient behavioral health workforce
    • Sustain federal funding to support local crisis response infrastructure 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, both funding and coordinating behavioral health services, including those provided in county-owned and operated community health facilities. Additionally, counties help finance and administer Medicaid services, the largest source of funding for behavioral health services in the United States. By directing resources to community-based treatment and services, we can better serve our residents with behavioral health conditions, reduce reliance on the criminal legal system and direct valuable resources towards improving stability and health.

    Congress still has an opportunity to build on the success of major investments into mental health and substance use disorder over the last few years by passing additional behavioral health policies that would improve the lives of millions of Americans before the end of the year.

    Click here to view the full letter and its signatories.

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

    • Behavioral Health Matters to Counties
    • Medicaid Inmate Exclusion Policy (MIEP) Advocacy Toolkit
    • NACo Policy Brief: Fund Local Crisis Response Efforts
    • NACo Policy Brief: Enhance Counties' Ability to Prevent and Treat Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Disorders
    The National Association of Counties (NACo) led a bipartisan group of nearly 150 county elected officials in calling on Congress to pass key county priorities in an end-of-year behavioral and mental health legislative package.
    2022-11-14
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    2022-11-16
NACo members sign onto advocacy letter urging Congress to include key county behavioral health priorities in a bipartisan legislative package

The National Association of Counties (NACo) led a bipartisan group of nearly 150 county elected officials in calling on Congress to pass key county priorities in an end-of-year behavioral and mental health legislative package.

In a letter to U.S. Senate and House leadership, the county officials pointed to five policies that would significantly improve local behavioral health services:

  • Amend the Medicaid Inmate Exclusion Policy (MIEP)
  • Repeal the Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion
  • Fund direct and flexible grant programs to counties to support the recruitment, training and retention of a sufficient behavioral health workforce
  • Sustain federal funding to support local crisis response infrastructure 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, both funding and coordinating behavioral health services, including those provided in county-owned and operated community health facilities. Additionally, counties help finance and administer Medicaid services, the largest source of funding for behavioral health services in the United States. By directing resources to community-based treatment and services, we can better serve our residents with behavioral health conditions, reduce reliance on the criminal legal system and direct valuable resources towards improving stability and health.

Congress still has an opportunity to build on the success of major investments into mental health and substance use disorder over the last few years by passing additional behavioral health policies that would improve the lives of millions of Americans before the end of the year.

Click here to view the full letter and its signatories.

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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    COVID-19 Recovery Clearinghouse

    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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    Opioid Solutions Center

    NACo’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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