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In the wake of the Florida school shooting, the president wants to talk about the need for more mental health services.  So let’s talk.  Despite the president’s words expressing a need for more mental health services, his actions speak a different story.

  1. The entire U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration budget for mental health programs (2018 Budget) is $912 million. (1) That is just $2.82 per person.
  2. The president’s 2019 budget proposal eliminates $400 million in grants that schools can use for mental health services and anti-bullying programs. (2)
  3. The National Institute of Mental Health would have its budget slashed by 30% under the new budget proposal. (3)
  4. Millions of Americans only have access to mental health services through Medicaid—and the president has proposed billions in cuts to this social safety net.

Enough talk.  We need action.

(1) https://www.hhs.gov/about/budget/fy2018/budget-in-brief/samhsa/index.html
(2) https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/15/school-safety-cuts-trump-administration-348968
(3) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-15/trump-cites-need-to-act-on-mental-health-after-florida-shooting

 

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