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Beltway Update: Mental Health Funding at Stake in Democrats’ Budget Battle

As everyone paying attention knows, Congress is locked in an epic battle over the scale and shape of the so-called “human infrastructure” bill that contains the bulk of President Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda. You probably also know that in the meantime, House progressives have forced a delay in voting on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework…

The 9-8-8 Crisis Hotline is Coming. Will States Answer the Call?

Advocates see a chance to transform mental health crisis services. But with deadlines looming, so is a fight with the telecom industry. It’s 12 pm EST, and almost 300 people are gathered for a weekly Wednesday video call. The number “988” is displayed prominently on the screen. Unlike most weekly meetings, there’s an intensity to…

Trieste’s World-Famous Community Mental Health Program Under Attack

When Pierfranco Trincas took up his job as the director of the Barcola mental health center in Trieste, Italy, he took center stage in a battle over the future of a mental health system praised by the World Health Organization and admired around the globe. The appointment of Trincas on August 1 set alarm bells…