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Biden Enacts Legislation Providing Funding for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

President Biden recently signed the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024 into law on March 23. The Act includes the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2024. This legislation features notable allocations for mental health and substance use in FY 2024.

The Act includes specific funding amounts for various programs, such as $385 million for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, $986,532,000 for the Mental Health Block Grant, $153 million for the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program, $1,575,000,000 for State Opioid Response Grants, and $1,928,879,000 for Substance Use Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Services Block Grants.

Key provisions of the Act also include an $18 million increase in funding for the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline program. Additionally, there is a $1 million increase in funding for the Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration grant technical assistance program. Furthermore

By Samantha Jones

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