October 3, 2007
Congress is still considering its funding bills for fiscal year 2008 – which means that there’s still time to push for increased funding for mental illness research. The Senate bill (S 1710) funds the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for FY 2008 at $1.436 billion, which is $32.4 million more than last year’s level and $31 million more than the President’s request. The Senate level is also $11 million more than the comparable level for NIMH in the House companion bill. Please act today to make sure that Congress adopts the increased funding for NIMH in the Senate bill! We all know that better research can lead to better treatments. Across the entire National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Senate bill provides $29.9 billion for FY 2008, which is about $250 million above the House-approved level and $1.2 billion more than the President's request.
Advocates are strongly encouraged to press House leaders to urge support for the higher level for medical research funding in general, and mental illness research funding in particular, in the Senate bill.
Click here to write your House member to encourage them to sign on to the bipartisan “Dear Colleague” letter to Chairman Obey and Representative Walsh in support of increased funding for mental illness research being circulated by Representatives Ed Markey (D-MA), Dave Reichert (R-WA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Chris Shays (R-CT), Joe Courtney (D-CT), and Chris Smith (R-NJ).