On June 25, 2022, President Biden signed into law the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA), providing an unprecedented investment in mental health funding for children and families across the country. The historic legislation included: supplemental funding for the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant; funding to support new child and family serving mental health grantees; supplemental funding for states and territories to expand and enhance the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline services; and funding to expand the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) program. As we mark the one-year anniversary since BSCA was signed into law, I am excited to share some of the life-changing work the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its grantees have implemented thus far.
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