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NACo Legislative Analysis: Year End COVID-19 Relief and Omnibus Spending Package

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    NACo Legislative Analysis: Year End COVID-19 Relief and Omnibus Spending Package

    After months of stalled negotiations over the next round of federal coronavirus aid, on December 21, Congress passed a massive $2.3 trillion legislative package containing both appropriations for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 and additional COVID-19 relief.

    A big package like this had eluded Congress since they passed the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (P.L. 116-136) in March with negotiations stopping and starting throughout the summer of 2020.

    Although NACo was deeply involved in the negotiations, and was able to secure numerous victories for counties, counties are extremely disappointed that this legislative package does not contain additional direct and flexible funding for state and local governments. Despite the fact that more than 1 million local government employees have lost their jobs, and counties face a daily onslaught of fatalities and economic hardships in our communities, local governments did not get the direct relief they asked from our federal partners.

    This legislation does however include another round of Payment Protection Program (PPP) funding for small businesses, unemployment benefits, and funding for vaccine distribution and testing. The bill also includes funding for nutrition assistance, child care and rental assistance to support households impacted by COVID-19. Importantly, after advocacy from NACo and others, the bill also extends the deadline for counties to spend money allocated through the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) until December 31, 2021. This extension is no substitute for additional flexibility in that program, or additional aid.

    NACo’s new analysis highlights relevant components of the year-end spending deal for county governments, outlining both the COVID-19 relief and omnibus spending package provisions of significance for county policy priorities.

    After months of stalled negotiations over the next round of federal coronavirus aid, on December 21, Congress passed a massive $2.3 trill
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    Enhance Counties' Ability to Prevent and Treat Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders

    Urge your members of Congress to maintain consistent funding for substance use and mental health services provided through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and pass legislation that enhances counties’ ability to provide local systems of care. Future appropriations bills should meet or exceed FY 2022 funding levels, particularly for the Community Mental Health Services (MHBG) and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) block grants, which allow counties to direct resources to those with the most need.
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    Support Counties in Improving Health Services for Justice-Involved Individuals

    Urge your members of Congress to support counties’ efforts to improve health services for justice-involved individuals and reduce the number of people with mental illness in jails. Specifically, urge your representatives on health-authorizing committees to support legislation that would allow individuals in custody to continue receiving Medicaid and other federal health benefits until they are convicted, sentenced and incarcerated; require states to suspend instead of terminate Medicaid for individuals in jails; and allow for comprehensive behavioral health services and the recruitment of health professionals in county jails.
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    Fund Local Crisis Response Efforts

    Urge your members of Congress to appropriate Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 funding for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline that is at or above the level of $101.6 million appropriated in FY 2022.
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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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    Finance, Pensions & Intergovernmental Affairs Steering Committee

    All matters pertaining to the financial resources of counties, fiscal management, federal assistance, municipal borrowing, county revenues, federal budget, federal tax reform, elections and Native American issues. Policy Platform & Resolutions 2022-2023 2022 NACo Legislative Priorities
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