Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act which contains provisions of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2016, H.R. 2646. The U.S. Senate voted today, December 7, 2016, to pass legislation which contains provisions of the Mental Health Reform Act, H.R. 2646 and S.2680. This legislation now awaits the President’s signature.

H.R. 2646 includes 6.3 billion dollars for new funding of medical research at NIH, as well as 1 billion dollars for opioid addiction and treatment programs. In addition it will create a new position of Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and requires the National Institute of Mental Health to translate evidence-based interventions and the best available science into systems of care.

 

Read more information on H.R. 2646 here.