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Guthrie and Rodgers on House Passage of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Energy and Commerce Committee Health Subcommittee Republican Leader Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a series of bipartisan mental health bills: 

“The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic shutdowns have left too many Americans in despair. It’s made the substance use disorder epidemic and mental health crisis even worse, including for children not in school, and for our frontline healthcare workers who have been under incredible strain. This week, the People’s House took action on a number of bipartisan solutions to make sure communities have access to resources to help people struggling, save lives, and provide hope. These solutions include supporting suicide prevention programs in schools and emergency rooms, providing more resources to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, removing barriers to care for people experiencing a mental health crisis, and strengthening support for family-based approaches and evidence-driven interventions for substance use disorders. We applaud our colleagues for leading on all these bills and urge Senate action to send them to the president’s desk to become law.”

Bills that passed in the House:

  • H.R. 433 – Family Support Services for Addiction Act of 2020
  • H.R. 586 – STANDUP Act
  • H.R. 721 – Mental Health Services for Students Act
  • H.R. 1205 – Improving Mental Health Access from the Emergency Department Act of 2020
  • H.R. 1260 – Bipartisan Solution to Cyclical Violence Act of 2020
  • H.R. 1324 – Effective Suicide Screening and Assessment in the Emergency Department Act
  • H.R. 1475 – Pursuing Equity in Mental Health Act
  • H.R. 1480 – HERO Act
  • H.R. 768 – Block, Report, And Suspend Suspicious Shipments Act of 2020
  • H.R. 2877 – Behavioral Intervention Guidelines Act
  • H.R. 2981 – Suicide Prevention Lifeline Improvement Act of 2020
  • H.R. 2862 – Campaign to Prevent Suicide Act
  • H.R. 2955 – Suicide Prevention Act