WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week Congress passed a $1.4 trillion fiscal year 2020 spending bill that includes several provisions that will fund medical research and treatment programs for people with mental illness and substance use disorders (SUD).
Among these provisions were:
“This budget includes many investments in programs that will hopefully help relieve the millions of Americans who suffer as a result of the opioid crisis,” said APA President Bruce Schwartz, M.D. “APA is also pleased to see funding for research into preventing firearm injury and deaths, a provision we’ve supported alongside other medical professionals for many years.”
“We are pleased that Congress has also funded the APA-supported loan repayment program that will encourage psychiatrists and others to serve communities in need, especially those with high opioid use that also have a shortage of clinicians,” said APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A. “This is an important piece of addressing physician shortages across the country.”
American Psychiatric Association
The American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844, is the oldest medical association in the country. The APA is also the largest psychiatric association in the world with more than 38,500 physician members specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and research of mental illnesses. APA’s vision is to ensure access to quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. For more information please visit www.psychiatry.org.