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Details on Mental Illness Research and Services Funding Proposed for FY '08
July 18, 2007
HR 3043 and the companion Senate appropriations bill S 1710 include FY 2008 funding for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Both bills have cleared the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and are awaiting action by the full House and Senate.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
The Senate bill (S 1710) proposes $1.436 billion for research funding at the NIMH, which is more than $32.4 million above FY 2007 and $31 million above the President’s FY 2008 request. The House bill (HR 3043) proposes $1.425 billion for NIMH.
Between 2003 and 2006, the annual number of research funding grants by the National Institute of Health (NIH), which includes the NIMH, dropped by more than 10%. While Congress has begun to address this downward trend, the proposed increases are still below the amount needed to bring NIH and NIMH back up to FY 2005 levels, adjusted for medical research inflation (6.7%).
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
HR 3043 and S 1710 both restore proposed cuts to SAMHSA and the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). The Senate bill is $39.2 million above current levels for CMHS; the House bill $21.9 million. This includes:
Both the House and Senate bills include restoration of $34 million in reductions in the President’s budget for a range of programs at CMHS, including state incentive grants (the Administration was proposing to end existing Mental Health Transformation Grants at the end of their two year cycle), youth violence prevention and elderly services. In the case of state incentive grants, the Administration was proposing to end existing Mental Health Transformation Grants at the end of their two year cycle.
Department of Justice Appropriations Act (S 1745)
Senate bill 1745, an appropriations bill funding the Department of Justice includes $10 million for programs under the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA, P.L. 108-414), including pre-booking diversion, training of law enforcement and post sentence re-entry. NAMI is extremely grateful to Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) for
Social Security Administration (SSA)
The Social Security Administration is struggling to cope with an unprecedented backlog of disability appeals. It is estimated that 738,000 cases are awaiting hearings, with an average wait time of 505 days.
For FY 2008, the Senate bill includes a $125 million increase directed to clearing the backlog in disability claims, while the House bill includes an increase of $100 million above the President’s request. While overdue, it is unclear whether these increases will be sufficient to address the current backlog.