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The annual dance in Congress over passing a bill to avert a government shutdown carries extra importance for mental health advocates this year. The proposed package would complete a historic year of funding and policy-making in mental health.
At the end of a Congressional session that has focused more on mental health issues – and passed more funding for behavioral health – than any Congress in history, could further substantive legislation still emerge? The answer, as always these days, is maybe.
In a sign of the importance of mental health issues, Senator Michael Bennet and challenger Joe O’Dea took part in the first-ever Senate candidates’ forum focused solely on mental health. The candidates clashed on spending but agreed on the need to address the youth mental health crisis, to create parity for mental health care and…