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Ryan Haight Proposed Rule

APA has a blog post explaining the two companion proposed rules. View here

Biden’s FY 2024 Budget

Mental health could get a boost from President Biden’s 2024 Budget as part of the administration’s roll out of Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics. Congress will ultimately have its say on how much to spend, but kay lawmakers share the president’s desire to combat mental illness. 

Suicide Prevention:

  • SAMHSA would dedicate $836 million to the 988 crisis hotline, an increase of $334 million.
  • HHS is asking for $100 million for mobile crisis response, an $80 million increase.
  • CDC would get $80 million its suicide reduction efforts, an increase of $50 million.

Substance Use Disorder:

  • $10.8 billion for SAMHSA, an increase of $3.3 billion. Within that, mental health services would get a $2.2 billion raise.
  • The proposal includes $5.7 billion for prevention and treatment activities, up $1.3 billion.
  • The proposal bumps up funding for mental health at the Indian Health Service by $25 million and funding for alcohol and substance abuse by $17 million.


  • The budget requests a $52 million bump for CDC’s What Works in Schools program, which strengthens mental health programming.


  • The budget proposes $1.7 billion for SAMHSA’s Community Mental Health Block Grant, an increase of $645 million.
  • The budget has $553 million for the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics grant program, a pop of $168 million.

Workforce Development:

  • An additional $190 million is slated to train about 18,000 behavioral health providers for a total budget of $387 million. Of this, Biden envisions using $28 million for recruiting and training new providers in underserved communities.
  • The budget for rural health includes $10 million for a new Rural Health Clinic Behavioral Health Initiative to expand access to mental health services in rural communities.

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