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Coalition urges Senate to act on mental health bill

May 10, 2013

Forty members of the Mental Health Liaison Group, including the AHA, recently urged Senate leaders to schedule a final vote on the Mental Health Awareness and Improvement Act (S. 689). Sponsored by Sens. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the legislation “takes significant steps toward improving school-based mental health care in the United States while renewing critical programs under the jurisdiction of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration,” the groups wrote. Noting that the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee unanimously approved the bill last month, the letter urges Senate leaders “to move expeditiously with final Senate floor action on this important measure.”