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FACT FILE: What the Barber bill would do

May 23, 2014
by Alison Knopf
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8 things you need to know

The Barber bill would:

  • Create a White House Office for Mental Health Policy that is responsible for developing and implementing a national strategy to combat mental health;
  • Bolster mental health for veterans and active duty service members;
  • Establish a Mental Health Advisory Board of individuals with mental illness, parents and guardians of individuals with mental illness, mental health professionals, and others;
  • Strengthen and invest in Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) programs;
  • Improve Medicaid and Medicare mental health services and provide parity of mental health services;
  • Develop the Behavioral Health Workforce, providing access to quality mental health care in communities nationwide.
  • Enhance mental health research and coordination
  • Provide grants for schools and communities to create comprehensive mental health programs
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