By Denise Holcomb
Removing The Stigma www.thejourney4me.com
On December 21, 2020, Congress passed the Fiscal Year 2021 Congressional Budget. Included in the budget were vital increases for suicide prevention programs at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also, language was included to prioritize suicide prevention research at the National Institute for Mental Health and Department of Defense.
Increases for the following programs were also included in the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies bill:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Garrett Lee Smith (GLS)– Suicide Prevention Resource Center and GLS Youth Programs
- Zero Suicide Program
- Suicide Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- National Institute of Mental Health
The Defense Appropriations bill included:
- “Suicide Prevention” as a priority research area within the Peer-Reviewed Medical Research Program at the Department of Defense.
This information is provided by https://afsp.org/public-policy-action-center/#/261
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