Buried within the $1.1 trillion, 2,000 page spending bill that congress passed on Friday is a $50 million allocation to early treatment programs -- expressed as a 10% “set aside” of the state Mental Health Block Grant to states.
That may feel like chump change amid a gargantuan piece of legislation, but importantly, it represents a doubling of last year’s first time allocation, and will aid in more young people getting help earlier across the nation.
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Despite the good news, this much is true:
While $50 million is a step in the right direction, it is not enough. We have a long way to go to ensure the 100,000 young people who face first episode psychosis each year can access effective, specialized support in their communities.
In addition to funding access to services, Partners for StrongMinds is building a bridge between a growing clinical movement and families who need these services by demystifying and humanizing experiences of psychosis. We are empowering youth to view help-seeking as a sign of strength, connecting young people and their families to treatment, and promoting resources and skills that build resilience, confidence and self compassion.
We applaud Congress for waking up to the promise of early psychosis treatment. With your tax-deductible donations, we can do so much more to ensure that every young person gets the help they deserve. Thank you for giving what you can this holiday season.
Warmest wishes over the holidays,