Congress continues to deliberate continued aid towards the COVID-19 pandemic, talks have been underway regarding a stimulus 4 aid package. Through the National Council and their members, we are requesting an emergency appropriation of $38.5 billion for providers of mental health and addiction treatment services to be included in the next stimulus package considered by Congress. This is one of the largest and most important appropriations requests of our time.
As COVID-19 has spread fear and anxiety across our nation, we have repeatedly asked you, our members, what you needed and how we could help. We have heard you. You made your needs overwhelmingly clear: you need PPE, you need equipment, and most importantly you need financial resources to keep your doors open and the lights on. You need this emergency funding to continue doing the lifesaving work you do in your community every day, serving individuals with mental illness and addiction.
Will you take two minutes today to urge your Member of Congress to NOT leave mental health and addictions behind? If possible included examples of what you are facing, closing programs, layoffs, impact of social distancing on services etc…
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