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On July 6th, with near unanimous support, the House of Representatives passed its version of mental health reform, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2016 (H.R. 2646). There is now unprecedented bipartisan agreement in both chambers of Congress on the need for mental health reform as the Senate is poised to vote on its own comprehensive mental health reform bill, the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 (S. 2680). Both bills contain a number of important provisions that would, if enacted, represent a major step forward in improving the nation’s behavioral healthcare system and would have significant implications for Jewish Federation partner agencies, like Jewish family and children’s agencies. Key elements of both bills include: expanding the resources for community crisis response; promoting the integration of health and mental health care; studying mental health and substance abuse parity; and improving coordination among federal agencies serving people with mental illness.

Please urge your senators to pass the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 without delay. Click here for more information about the mental health reform legislation. For questions on this or other advocacy efforts, please contact Liz Leibowitz, AJFCA’s Director of Government Affairs. 

AJFCA's Legislative Monthly Wrap Up is available. Its contents includes updates on recent developments regarding OAA Reauthorization Holocaust survivor guidance, mental health legislation currently being debated in Congress, and two public policy proposals that AJFCA believes would hurt the very clients our agencies serve. Click here to read about news in Washington, DC.

Let the memory of all those lost in the attack at Pulse Nightclub be a blessing. May we honor their lives with our love, resilience, and will to build a better world. Add your name to the condolence message for the LGBTQ community of Orlando at keshetonline.org.

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