Followers of the Children's Mental Health Network know full well that we have been less than enamored with the level of prominence of children's mental health in the broader scope of SAMHSA planning efforts, specifically relating to one of the flagship programs - the Children's Mental Health Initiative - but that is for another discussion. What's important right at this moment is that SAMHSA could benefit from our support and we need to rally.
Here's what's up:
- Although the House Appropriations Committee has yet to approve FY 2012 legislation funding, Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-W) relased a draft bill on September 29, proposing an 8% cut to SAMHSA. These cuts would cripple the availability and expansion of community-based programs that translate research into best practices for children and adults with mental disorders. Go to one of our favorite sources - the Bazelon Center website - for an in-depth analysis.
What You Can Do
Please urge your Senators and Representative to:
- Reject deep funding cuts to the mental health budget for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAHMSA), as proposed by the House Appropriations Committee.
- Sign on to the Dear Colleague Letter that Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA), co-chair of the House Mental Health Caucus, is circulating, urging other Representatives to reject these deep cuts.
Okay, got it? Go to our "Find your representatives in Congress page", enter your zip code and send your Representative a strong message of support for keeping SAMHSA funding levels where they are. It's bad enough as it is!