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Shelley Starkey

House Appropriations Committee Approves FY21 Health Spending

July 17, 2020 | Federal Budget | Comments
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The House Appropriations Committee approved its Labor-HHS spending levels for Fiscal Year 2021 on Monday, funding key federal health, education and labor programs for the year ahead. The House provided a $96 million increase in funding for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), as well as increases or level funding across other programs of high importance to the National Council and our members. The appropriations bill now heads to the House floor for consideration and a vote.

See the chart below for a summary of behavioral health funding levels:

Agency House Appropriations Committee Approved   FY 2021 Funding FY 2021 vs FY 2020
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) $6 billion +$96 million
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Overall funding $47 billion +$5.5 billion
Community Mental Health Services Block Grant $757.6 million +$35 million
Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant $1.9 billion Level funding
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) $479 million +$10 million
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) $209 million +$3 million
Promoting the Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care (PIPBHC) Grants $54.9 million +$5 million
PIPBHC Technical Assistance and Training Center $2 million Level funding
Mental Health First Aid $22.9 million Level funding
State Opioid Response (SOR) Grants $1.5 billion Level funding
Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Expansion Grants $225 million +$25 million
Loan Repayment Program for Substance Use Disorder Treatment Professionals $17 million +$5 million
Mental and Substance Use Disorder Workforce Training Demonstration $41.7 million +$15 million


Notably, the $225 million designated for the CCBHC expansion grants will cover the second round of funding for clinics that received grants beginning in FY20 with an additional $25 million to be spent at SAMSHA’s discretion. The appropriations bill is anticipated to move to the House floor by the end of July. Senate appropriators are still in the early stages of their work, continuing negotiations at the subcommittee level.