Mental Healthcare

Access to quality mental health services is an increasingly urgent issue for many individuals and families who struggle with mental illness and addiction. Improvements to these services will benefit those who are struggling with mental illness and communities across our state. Timely access to diagnosis and treatment options can be the difference between life or death and potentially prevent a host of connected health and safety issues. In order to improve the efficiency and accessibility of mental health services, state and local governments need flexibility to tailor and implement mental healthcare to the unique needs of their respective patient populations, and to make sure these essential services reach the individuals who need them most. Through improved awareness, increased screenings and access to treatment, mental health problems can be addressed sooner and more effectively. I will continue to support funding for these programs through my position on the Senate Appropriations Committee and by supporting legislation to improve mental health capacity and treatment in the United States