National Council Statement on H.R. 7545

(March 7, 2024) — “Despite the proven success of Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs), not enough people yet have access to the comprehensive, high-quality mental health and substance use care these organizations provide,” said Chuck Ingoglia, President and CEO, National Council for Mental Wellbeing. “This bill would not only allow people living in a CCBHC demonstration state to continue to access care from a CCBHC post-demonstration, but also enable other states to more swiftly take action to expand access to CCBHCs statewide.

“We applaud Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA-7) and Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN-8) for their leadership and commitment to improving access to mental health and substance use care – we urge Congress to swiftly pass H.R. 7545.”

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Founded in 1969, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing is a membership organization that drives policy and social change on behalf of over 3,400 mental health and substance use treatment organizations and the more than 10 million children, adults and families they serve. We advocate for policies to ensure equitable access to high-quality services. We build the capacity of mental health and substance use treatment organizations. And we promote greater understanding of mental wellbeing as a core component of comprehensive health and health care. Through our Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program, we have trained more than 3 million people in the U.S. to identify, understand and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges.

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