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Shelley Starkey

Senate Health Appropriations Language Released

September 20, 2019 | Addictions | Federal Budget | Mental Health | Comments
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With just over one week left in this Fiscal Year (FY), the Senate is working hard to finalize funding bills for 2020 appropriations. Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee put a pause on their Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education spending discussions over partisan disputes about what should and should not be included in the bill. Although the Committee has yet to discuss or vote on the bill, its draft text and report were publicly posted on Tuesday.

See the chart below for a summary of many behavioral health program funding levels included in the draft Senate bill. Find the full bill text here and the Committee report here.

Agency FY 2020 Funding FY 2020 vs FY 2019
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) $5.9 billion +$112.5 million
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Overall funding $42 billion +$3 billion
Community Mental Health Services Block Grant $722 million Level funding
Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant $1.9 billion Level funding
Promoting the Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care (PIPBHC) Grants $49.9 million Level funding
PIPBHC Technical Assistance and Training Center $1.9 million Level funding
Mental Health First Aid $21.9 million +$1 million
State Opioid Response (SOR) Grants $1.5 billion Level funding
Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Expansion Grants $200 million +$50 million
Loan Repayment Program for Substance Use Disorder Treatment Professionals (authorized by 2018 SUPPORT Act) $105 million +$105 million



Although the House passed its Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies bill earlier in the spring, Senate appropriators have yet to vote on these funding levels. FY20 funding levels must be established by September 30 or the government is at risk of shutting down. Meanwhile, the House has passed a continuing resolution that would extend this deadline through November 21st to give appropriators in both Chambers more time to reach an agreement. The Senate is expected to vote on the continuing resolution next week to keep the government open beyond the end of FY19. Stay tuned each week to Capitol Connector for updates on the federal appropriations process.