The Office of Brianna O'Dwyer
For Immediate Release
Brianna O'Dwyer (R--RI),) Evelyn Vanderfleet (D-CA) introduced bipartisan legislation today that would help people suffering from a behavioral health or substance abuse crisis get more immediate help.
U.S. Representatives Brianna O'Dwyer (R- RI ) and Representative Evelyn Vanderfleet (D-CA) introduced bipartisan legislation today that would help people suffering from a behavioral health or substance abuse crisis get more immediate help. The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Accessibility Act provides resources necessary to combat the shortage of mental health providers and inpatient beds across the nation by allowing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide loans and loan guarantees to local entities with plans to build psychiatric and substance abuse facilities.
O'Dwyer (R- RI has said “Our country is facing a mental health challenge that has hit all our communities “Too many of our neighbors are suffering from behavioral and substance abuse disorders and not getting proper treatment. That has left emergency rooms and jail cells overwhelmed while leaving families hurting. I’m proud to work with Representative Evelyn Vanderfleet (D-CA that will give a jump-start to local proposals to build brand new psychiatric facilities.”
“A severe shortage of providers and inpatient beds exists not only for mental illness treatment but also for substance abuse leaving too many families in mental health crisis unable to get desperately-needed, immediate treatment. According to the Treatment Advocacy Center, there is a shortage of nearly 100,000 inpatient beds nationwide. Under the bipartisan Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Accessibility Act, HHS could offer loans and guarantees to psychiatric treatment facilities, substance abuse treatment facilities, and public and private psychiatric hospitals for the planning and construction of new facilities. The bill would also make needed investments to community based outpatient programs with any revenue generated from the loans.”
“Many are struggling with mental health and substance abuse in our communities and because of the shortage of inpatient beds it can be weeks or months before individuals can receive treatment. Individuals and families struggling with mental health disorders will benefit from this important, bipartisan solution.”