Call to Action – Healthy Transitions Initiative – Day 35 – still no answer

September 20, 2013

Thirty-five days have passed since we sent our letter to Senator Harkin inquiring about what happened to the funding for the Healthy Transitions Initiative that was included in the President’s budget but disappeared with no explanation when the Senate Appropriations Committee released their version of the budget. Thirty-five days and no response to our inquiry. Interestingly, several Network faithful have made inquiries with their Senators but so far not a word has come back about what happened. As we said in last week’s Friday Update, “ain’t nuthin’ like a good mystery.” No worries Network faithful, we will not let this issue drop. Beginning on Monday of next week we will send a letter a day to each member of the Appropriations Committee until we get an answer. This issue is too important to walk away from.

  • Learn more about the Healthy Transitions Initiative and why we think an investment in promoting positive mental health in young adults is important here.
  • You can download the letter we sent to Senator Harkin today here: The text of the cover letter is reproduced below:
  • September 20, 2013

    The Honorable Tom Harkin
    Chairman, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies
    Committee on Appropriations
    United States Senate Washington, DC

    Dear Chairman Harkin,

    It has been 35 days since I wrote you to inquire about what happened to the Healthy Transitions Initiative funding that was part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) budget that was included in the President’s budget proposal to Congress. I know it has been a busy time in Washington with many pressing issues facing Congress but this issue is equally pressing for those who are committed to improving services and supports for young adults in transition. I am including the text of the letter sent to you on August 16, 2013 as an attachment to this note.

    The favor of a reply is requested.


    Scott Bryant-Comstock
    President & CEO
    Children’s Mental Health Network

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