Senate Appropriations markup - We must stay focused to save the CMHI

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Save the Child Mental Health Initiative - Time to saddle up
The Senate Committee on Appropriations yesterday approved their version of the Fiscal Year 2013 Labor, Labor Health and Human Services and Education (LHHS) Appropriations Bill by a vote of 16-14. The bill will now be reported to the full Senate for its consideration. The encouraging news is that it appears overall funding for SAMHSA is remaining fairly level. The full committee report is expected to be released early next week. Once the full Senate markup is made public, the Children's Mental Health Network will release an announcement with additional details on the proposed funding level for the Child Mental Health Initiative and our recommendations for how Network faithful should proceed. A summary of the bill approved by the full committee can be downloaded here.

Network faithful rocked the Call to Action
Your response to our Call to Action last week in support of keeping funding for the Child Mental Health Initiative at 2012 level for the 2013 budget was amazing. Keep it up! And remember that these committee recommendations are only one of many steps ahead. Think of the Senate markup as a negotiating tool that will be used with the House. In other words, your education efforts have been great with members of Congress but your work has only just begun. Critical for us is to focus attention on ensuring that funding for the Child Mental Health Initiative be set at the 2012 level and not what was proposed in the President's budget (a close to 29 million dollar reduction).

Your voice counts
Remember folks, your voice counts. We made a significant impact with the block grant language last year (our call to action) (results) and we made a whole lot of noise last week  in our collective effort to save the Child Mental Health Initiative. Keep it up and stay strong!

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