Congress overwhelmingly passed the Cures Act this week, a bill allotting additional funding for mental health issues and specifically for addiction treatment.
Highlighted on NPR, this is the biggest mental health care act to be passed since Parity legislation in 2008. Many in our field see Parity as a necessity in our field; yet continue to struggle with enforcement, especially for addiction treatment!
The Cures bill does the following:
- Increases funding for addiction treatment via $1 billion in state grants over two years to address opioid abuse and addiction. Much of this money will go to treatment facilities and some to research.
- Strengthens parity laws.
- Provides grants to help promote psychiatrists and psychologists in the field.
- The law would provide $4.8 billion over 10 years in additional funding to National Institutes of Health,
- The bill proposes saving to pharmaceutical and medical device companies so that they can bring drugs/products on the market with greater ease.
- Increased grant monies specifically for cancer research.
Although this bill appears to have bipartisan support there is no guarantee that Congress will fund the money as planned and it will remain dependent on Congress in the future to allot funds.
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