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The Intersection of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

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In recognition of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, we respectfully invite you and your staff to join for an important conversation to discuss: The Intersection of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders.

Panelists to Include:

  • National Institute of Mental Health (invited)

  • American Psychiatric Association (leading Dr. on co-occurring psychiatric and substance disorders invited)

  • Drug Policy Alliance (confirmed)

  • Addiction Policy Forum (invited)

The mental health crisis in this country is mirrored by a deadly opioid epidemic – two crises that feed one another. Studies show a strong linkage between depression and substance abuse. Congress has recently focused a great deal to prioritize funding for programs that focus on mental health conditions, substance use disorder, and suicide prevention. With Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) taking the lead to implement evidence-based programs. So where should Congress and the nation’s service providers go from here? How has the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (PL:115-271) addressed concerns and what issues need further attention? The scope of the problem is wide and Congress, along with stakeholders, must continue to deliver the necessary resources to assist this vulnerable population.

The issue of mental illness and substance abuse is pressing resources nationwide. We encourage you attend this briefing on May 23th to help bring attention to the issue; and ultimately encourage a positive change for America’s mentally ill. To RSVP please contact Margaret McInnis at Margaret.McInnis@mail.house.gov or 5-4146.