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Support Effort to Protect Funding for Mental Illness Research and Services and Housing Programs
This coming January, funding for mental illness research and services, as well as housing and veterans’ programs are at risk of being subject to an across-the-board cut of as much as 8.4 percent. Read further on how you can take action.

HHS Announces Funding to Help Seniors, People with Disabilities Access Long-Term Services & Supports
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced $25 million in funding under the Affordable Care Act to help states provide home and community-based long-term services and supports to seniors and people living with disabilities.

Congressional Update: The Super Committee
What does failure of the congressional super committee mean for programs impacting children and adults living with mental illness?

FY2012 Spending Bills for Mental Illness Research, Services and Housing Move Forward
Congress is making slow progress in advancing spending bills to cover federal discretionary programs, including mental illness research, services and housing programs. Read further for details.

What the Debt Limit Agreement Means for People Living With Serious Mental Illness
Learn about the provisions the debt limit agreement before Congress and how funding changes affect people living with serious mental illness.

Funding Levels for Final FY 2011 “Continuing Resolution”

Mental Health Services at Stake for Current Budget Year
A government shutdown looms, as the “continuing resolution” for the current federal budget is set to expire on midnight April 8, 2011. What’s at stake? Current proposals for fiscal year 2011 include significant cuts to research, services and housing for children and adults living with serious mental illness. Take Action.

The Fiscal 2011 "Continuing Resolution"
As of March 7, 2011, Congress has yet to pass operating budgets for nearly all federal discrtionary programs. Read details on the House-passed "continuing resolution" and the Senate-proposed bill.

What's in the President's 2013 Budget Proposal
As is being widely reported, President Obama and his Administration on Feb. 13, 2012, presented their $3.8 billion budget for FY 2013. Included in the budget are requests to Congress for funding levels for all discretionary programs including those for NIMH, SAMHSA, HUD and VA. Read further for more details.

Massive Cuts Loom for Federal Mental Health and Housing Programs
The White House unveiled the President’s budget proposal for FY 2012 requesting modest increases for mental illness research and services, as well as veterans housing programs.

Federal Budget and Spending Take Center Stage
Federal discretionary spending will come clearly into focus as President Obama unveils his FY 2012 budget and Congress moves forward on omnibus spending legislation for the remaining months of the current fiscal year (FY 2011).

Congres Moves toward Final Adjournment in Passing "Continuing Resolution"
The 111th Congress is expected to reach final adjournment today in passing the "Continuing Resolution," extending current spending levels through March, 2011.

Extended Federal Medicaid Funds Signed into Law
President Obama signed into a law a package of aid (HR 1586) that includes a six-month extension of higher Medicaid federal matching funds for states.

Urge Your House Member to Support Higher Medicaid Funding!
The House of Representatives will be voting as early as Tuesday, August 10, 2010 on extending higher federal Medicaid matching funds for states.

Senate Votes Yes on FMAP Extension!
The U.S. Senate passed an amendment by a vote of 61-38 that will bring millions in needed Medicaid funding to our states. Read more for further details.

Call Now to Preserve Vital Funding for State & Local Mental Health Services
This week, the Senate will begin work on a new version of the Jobs and Tax Extenders legislative package that passed the House of May 28, which includes a provision that would extend each state’s federal Medicaid match rate (known as FMAP) through June 2011. Read further for details.

FY 2012 President’s Budget Proposal
As is being widely reported in the press, the President released a proposed $3.7 trillion federal budget for FY 2012 highlighted by a proposed overall freeze for most non-defense, non-veterans discretionary spending. Read more for further details.

Senate Passes Children’s Health Insurance Bill
Thanks to your support, the Senate passed legislation reauthorizing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) on August 2 by a vote of 68-31.

House Passes Social Security Protection Legislation
The House of Representatives on February 11 cleared the Social Security Protection Act (HR 743) by an overwhelming 402 to 19 margin. This action clears the legislation to go to the White House where President Bush is expected to sign it into law.



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