EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY
Washington, DC 20503
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
ONDCP Statement on the Final Passage of the American Rescue Plan Act
Congress delivers nearly $4 billion for substance use disorder and mental health
Washington, D.C.—Today, Regina LaBelle, Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy, released the following statement upon the House of Representatives’ final passage of the American Rescue Plan Act:
“The COVID-19 pandemic has strained American society and the effects on people with substance use disorder have been considerable. President Biden has been calling for record investments for addressing addiction since before he took office, and today, Congress made the down payment by passing the American Rescue Plan Act. This funding will help expand access to substance use treatment and prevention services, addiction workforce training, community behavioral and mental health services, including syringe service programs, and much more. ONDCP looks forward to continuing to work with Congress to bend the curve on the overdose epidemic and save lives.”
Specifically, President Biden’s American Rescue Plan will provide:
- $1,500,000,000 in funding for block grants for community mental health services.
- $1,500,000,000 in funding for block grants for prevention and treatment of substance use disorders.
- $80,000,000 in funding for mental and behavioral health training for health care professions, paraprofessionals, and public safety officers.
- $20,000,000 in funding for education and awareness campaign encouraging healthy work conditions and use of mental and behavioral health services by health care professionals.
- $40,000,000 in funding for grants for health care providers to promote mental and behavioral health among their health professional workforce.
- $30,000,000 in funding for community-based funding for local substance use disorder services like syringe services programs and other harm reduction interventions.
- $50,000,000 in funding for community-based funding for local behavioral health needs.
- $10,000,000 in funding for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, which works to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for children and families who experience or witness traumatic events.
- $30,000,000 in funding for theSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education), to address mental health issues among school-aged youth.
- $20,000,000 in funding for youth suicide prevention.
- $100,000,000 in funding for behavioral health workforce education and training.
- 80,000,000 in funding for pediatric mental health care access.
- $420,000,000 in funding for expansion grants for certified community behavioral health clinics.
White House Office of National Drug Control Policy |WhiteHouse.gov/ONDCP | @ONDCP