Mental Health Bill Passes House Energy and Commerce Committee

May 18, 2022
Health Care

For the better part of two years, fear and isolation have contributed to a worsening mental health crisis in Eastern Washington. Families are in crisis. Our kids feel broken and alone. People of all ages are in despair and suffering from severe mental illness.

But today, we are one step closer to delivering hope and healing to our communities. Just moments ago, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed my bipartisan Restoring Hope and Mental Health and Well-being Act to reverse the devastating mental health crisis made worse by government driven lockdowns.

This is great news because it means critical Garret Lee Smith Memorial programs that support community-based youth and young adult suicide prevention efforts are one step closer to being reauthorized and signed into law. 

The Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act – and the programs it supports – are an important first step in the process to turn despair into hope. I’m so grateful to my colleagues for coming together to make sure we took action on this issue, and I will keep you updated as it moves to the House floor for a vote.

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