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Financial Relief for Behavioral Health Organizations Available In Response to the Pandemic

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Natalie Weiner

Manager, Policy & Advocacy

Last Friday, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law, creating opportunities for small businesses and non-profits to apply for certain loans and tax credits that will help relieve the financial burden of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more for summaries of the new provisions.

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Latest COVID-19 Response Bill Supports Behavioral Health Providers

March 26, 2020 | COVID-19 | Comments
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Michael Petruzzelli

Director, Federal Policy & Advocacy

Early Thursday morning, the Senate unanimously passed Congress’s third COVID-19 response package aimed largely at providing economic relief for businesses and workers. The bill features multiple direct supports for behavioral health providers, including direct relief to cover lost provider revenue, small business loans, more money for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and funds to improve the delivery of telemedicine and an extension and two-state expansion of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) program. As of this writing, the House is expected to vote on and pass the bill on Friday, and President Trump has signaled that he will sign it quickly into law. Stay tuned for further updates in Capitol Connector next week.

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National Council Represents Members’ COVID-19 Concerns on the Federal Level

March 26, 2020 | COVID-19 | Comments
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Shelley Starkey

In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the National Council has listened to our members and amplified their voices on the federal level with Congress and leadership in the Trump administration. We have joined with coalitions of other national advocacy groups to pass on recommendations to the federal government, we have mobilized our grassroots advocates to reach out to their Members of Congress, and we have begun compiling countless resources on everything from caring for your personal mental health to guides for continuing to run your businesses through this ever-changing legislative landscape. Don’t hesitate to reach out with your needs or concerns, and read more to learn about our efforts to date.

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Federal Government Mobilizes Wide-Ranging Coronavirus Response Initiatives

March 20, 2020 | COVID-19 | Take Action | Comments
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Shelley Starkey

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues impacting every corner of society, Congressional leadership and leaders in the Trump Administration are mobilizing wide-ranging supports that have direct impacts on the behavioral health field and the National Council’s members. Congress passed its second response bill this week and is now turning its attention to a third legislative package, as various federal agencies provide clarity and increased flexibility to health care and other industries. The National Council has been hearing from our members about their biggest challenges and we are working hard to educate lawmakers and the Administration about the behavioral health field’s needs.

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