Senate Health Appropriations Language Released
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.
|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.