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Key Bills in Congress
Bill Name  Number of Sponsors  Position
S. 3325 - 6/21/2012--Introduced.Mental Health First Aid Higher Education Act of 2012 - Authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), acting through the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, to carry out a demonstration program awarding grants to 10 institutions of higher education (IHEs) to implement a mental health first aid training program. Directs that training toward: (1) on-campus counseling center personnel; (2) dormitory resident adviser 1 (1 D) -
S. 3289 - 6/13/2012--Introduced.Children's Mental Health Accessibility Act of 2012 - Amends title XIX (Medicaid) of the Social Security Act to: (1) expand the Medicaid home and community-based services waiver to include youth in need of services provided in a psychiatric residential treatment facility; (2) limit, under the waiver, the total number of Medicaid inpatient bed days at psychiatric residential treatment facilities during each fiscal year to the total number for the previous fiscal year as in 2 (2 R) -
S. 2257 - Excellence in Mental Health Act 3 (3 D) -
S. 754 - Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 2011 2 (2 R) Monitoring
S. 604 - Seniors Mental Health Access Improvement Act of 2011 5 (1 R, 4 D) We support this legislation
S. 539 - 3/10/2011--Introduced.Behavioral Health Information Technology Act of 2011 - Amends the Public Health Service Act to expand the definition of "health care provider" for purposes of health information technology provisions to include a behavioral or mental health professional, a substance abuse professional, a psychiatric hospital, a community mental health center, a residential or outpatient mental health treatment facility, and a substance abuse treatment facility. Adds community mental hea 11 (1 R, 1 I, 9 D) -
S. 539 - Behavioral Health Information Technology Act of 2011 11 (1 R, 1 I, 9 D) We support this legislation
S. 306 - National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2011 18 (1 R, 17 D) We support this legislation
S. 264 - A bill to expand access to community mental health centers and improve the quality of mental health care for all Americans. 20 (4 R, 16 D) -
S. 245 - Commitment to American Prosperity Act of 2011 or CAP Act of 2011 8 (7 R, 1 D) Monitoring
S. 153 - A bill to amend section 520J of the Public Health Service Act to authorize grants for mental health first aid training programs. 14 (4 R, 10 D) -
H.R. 5996 - 6/21/2012--Introduced.Mental Health First Aid Higher Education Act of 2012 - Authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), acting through the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, to carry out a demonstration program awarding grants to 10 institutions of higher education (IHEs) to implement a mental health first aid training program. Directs that training toward: (1) on-campus counseling center personnel; (2) dormitory resident adviser 3 (3 D) -
H.R. 2721 - Youth PROMISE Act 53 (53 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2242 - Fairness in Cocaine Sentencing Act of 2011 12 (12 D) -
H.R. 1209 - Section 8 Voucher Reform Act 2 (2 D) -
H.R. 274 - To amend section 520J of the Public Health Service Act to authorize grants for mental health first aid training programs. 57 (3 R, 54 D) -
H.R. 26 - Veterans Mental Health Screening and Assessment Act 4 (4 D) We support this legislation
H.R. 2 - Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act 67 (66 R, 1 I) We oppose this legislation

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