NAMI Celebrates Finalization of FY 2024 Federal Spending Bills, Preservation of Mental Health Funding

Mar 26, 2024

Early on March 23, almost six months into the federal fiscal year (FY), Congress passed final FY 2024 spending bills covering six government agencies, including funding for health and mental health. Earlier in March, a separate bill funding six additional agencies for FY 2024 passed, meaning the federal government is now funded through the end of the current fiscal year ending on September 30, 2024.

In the midst of a mental health crisis, NAMI continues to track federal funding and advocate for more resources from the federal government to help people affected by mental health conditions.

“Our country is experiencing record suicide and overdose rates, and more people than ever are seeking mental health services,” said Hannah Wesolowski, NAMI’s Chief Advocacy Officer. “We are grateful that bipartisan support in Congress preserved mental health funding and look forward to working with Congress to address key areas of need moving forward.”

Mental Health Provisions in FY 2024 Appropriations

Last year, Congress passed the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023, which capped federal spending. However, as mental health continues to experience strong bipartisan support, many mental health programs’ funding remained stable, and a few saw modest increases. That means mental health programs fared better than many other areas.

Key FY 2024 highlights include:

NAMI has prepared a table that includes more, in-depth comparisons to FY 2023 funding levels for programs and funding changes between FY 2023 and FY 2024.

Looking Forward to FY 2025 Opportunities

NAMI is already looking at FY 2025 funding priorities for the fiscal year that begins October 1, 2024. The Biden Administration kicked off the FY 2025 process by releasing the President’s Budget Request for FY 2025 on March 11. Among other requests, the Administration proposed many legislative changes that would have a positive impact on people illness. In particular, NAMI is focused on proposals to:

NAMI looks forward to working with congressional leaders to finalize these proposals to improve the lives of people affected by mental health conditions.

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