Biden Highlights Fentanyl, Mental Health Workforce Challenges in SOTU

President Joe Biden’s State of the Union Address Thursday night almost completely left out behavioral health and policies related to the industry. This is something of a departure for the country’s 46th president. In his first State of the Union in 2022, Biden laid out what he called a unity agenda. It included several behavioral […]

Biden Administration to Release Peer Support Certification Standards, Touts School-Based Services Efforts

The Biden administration announced Thursday several additional efforts to address behavioral health industry challenges. Among new efforts, the White House said it would release the “National Model Standards for Peer Support Certification.” Departments within the executive branch also announced steps to make it easier for schools to bill Medicaid for services. “The new standards are […]

State of the Union: Biden Administration Touts Further Behavioral Health Investments, Parity Enforcement

The Biden administration’s behavioral health agenda going forward prioritizes expanding the capacity of the American behavioral health care system, providing youth mental health services, and cracking down on international and domestic fentanyl trafficking. President Joe Biden touted the administration’s progress on several behavioral health initiatives in his State of the Union. The White House also […]

White House Invests $1.6B in Community Programs Combating Overdose Crisis

The Biden administration is looking to curb opioid use disorder in the U.S. with more than $1.6 billion of investment into community programs addressing the addiction and overdose crisis. This is part of the White House’s larger strategy to prioritize behavioral health in its national agenda. The administration will put $1.5 billion towards bolstering access […]

Gun Deal Pushes for Mental Health Investments, Expansion of CCBHC Model

Lawmakers in the gridlocked U.S. Senate announced a framework for legislation meant to address public mass shootings in schools while also building upon the nation’s mental health foundation. Announced on Sunday, the proposed plan would enact certain gun-reform policies and pave the way for several mental health- and school safety-related efforts. Ultimately, the goal would […]

Biden Administration’s New Plan For Addiction Goes Heavy on Expanding Access to Treatment, Harm Reduction

The Biden Administration hopes to remake the federal response to substance use disorder (SUD) with its new drug control plan. The White House released the “National Drug Control Strategy” on April 21, a document encapsulating the federal government’s proposed approach to addressing addiction, overdose and the domestic and international illicit drug trades in the U.S. […]

White House Budget Proposes to ‘Transform Mental Healthcare,’ Allocates $4.8B to Related Initiatives

The Biden administration’s new federal budget proposal for the next fiscal year includes $4.77 billion to “transform mental health and substance use disorder coverage and infrastructure” in the country. On Monday, the White House released the budget for the federal fiscal year 2023, which begins on Oct. 1. The roughly $5.8 trillion budget seeks to […]

Industry Applauds Tough Talk on Parity, Investment in Behavioral Health Workforce in Biden’s State of the Union

Pres. Joe Biden’s State of the Union address laid out a vision for addressing the ailing American mental health care system that was well-received by leaders and advocates in the behavioral health space. Several industry groups and executives in the space expressed their relief that addressing behavioral health — especially mental health and substance use […]