Youth mental health in Florida and around the country is a matter of increasing concern. As a way to help parents and youth address ongoing mental health concerns, the U.S. Congress has begun to work on drafting legislation to help more people access the mental health services they need.
The proposed bill
The potential health care law, known as the Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Wellbeing Act, has bipartisan support from the Energy and Commerce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. If passed, the law would permit the continuation of over thirty programs at government-funded agencies that focus on mental health and substance use issues. It would essentially continue to fund programming for mental health and substance use awareness, education, prevention, and healthcare services to those in need.
Likely outcome of the legislation
It seems that both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate agree that much more work remains to increase the country’s ability to effectively help youth and families with mental health challenges. Similar to the aforementioned bill, the U.S. Senate has also created a similar bill in their part of the U.S. Congress. Given that there is bipartisan support for mental health and substance use federal spending, it is likely that the U.S. Congress will pass the legislation to help ensure the necessary resources are available to help youth manage their mental health symptoms.
Mental health is certainly an essential topic to consider now that the pandemic is beginning to enter its endemic phase. This legislation will provide much-needed relief and assistance to millions of youth throughout the country.