KENNEDY: TRUMP ATTACKS ON MENTAL HEALTH HEARTLESS AND FOOLISH
Washington, D.C. – As an outspoken advocate of mental health reform, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today objected to the Trump Administration’s proposed cuts to a number of behavioral health care programs. Combined with Medicaid cuts included in TrumpCare, the budget would gut the nation’s single largest payer of mental health care by $1.4 trillion over the next decade. Additionally, it would cut the Community Mental Health Services block grant by $116 million, SAMHSA by $399 million, and substance use disorder prevention efforts by $73 million.
“For generations, underinvestment throughout our entire mental health care system has left millions of Americans without access to care until it is too late. With deeply misplaced pride, President Trump and a Republican Congress immediately responded to our nation’s ongoing mental health crisis and opioid epidemic by shamelessly celebrating the passage of the single largest attack on behavioral health care in recent history. The Administration’s budget follows in the footsteps of TrumpCare by attacking millions of Americans suffering from mental illness and addiction through draconian cuts to critical community mental health programs.”
Currently serving his third term, Congressman Kennedy is a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee which shares jurisdiction over health care reform. He has been a vocal opponent of TrumpCare, with a particular focus on mental health care and Medicaid.