On March 1, President Biden delivered his first State of the Union address and unveiled a new strategy aimed at addressing the national mental health crisis. The strategy was developed around three key areas: system capacity through workforce investments, connecting more Americans to care, and creating a continuum of support that equitably transforms the nation’s health and social services infrastructure.

The strategy previews new investments that will be included in the president’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 budget request that would directly support county behavioral health service access and accessibility. These investments include:

  • $700 million for the National Health Service Corps and the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training program, both of which are key county programs and will increase the number of behavioral health providers and expand access to such providers
  • $700 million in additional funding to staff local crisis centers in support of the launch of the national 988 crisis response line

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