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Stabenow: Mental health care ‘has never been more urgent’ during pandemic

Arpan Lobo @ArpanLobo May 17, 2020 at 9:01 AM WASHINGTON — During a call with reporters on Wednesday, May 13, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, said it’s imperative the federal government funds mental and behavioral health services during the coronavirus pandemic. In the House Democrats latest coronavirus relief bill, the HEROES Act (a different bill than the one introduced by Rep. Bill Huizenga of the same name), $3 billion is included for community behavioral health centers. The House is expected to vote on the bill Friday. Stabenow said she urges Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to approve the provision once the bill is voted on in the Senate. She added rising unemployment and social isolation during the pandemic are playing a factor in the mental health of Americans, and Congress should ensure that people have the resources they need to get through the pandemic. “We want to make sure that in the middle of this COVID-19 crisis that those struggling with mental health and addiction are not left behind in this pandemic,” she said. “We are committed to making sure our health care system takes care of that.” My father had bipolar disorder and I’ve seen the life-changing impact […]

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