President Biden released his Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request this week, seeking significant and robust investments in mental health and substance use disorder treatment, prevention, and recovery services. The purpose of the proposal is for the President to make recommendations on how the federal government should allocate funds, acting more as a messaging tool to represent the Biden-Harris Administration’s goals and priorities. Key mental health and substance use-related items proposed include, but are not limited to: an increase in SAMHSA’s funding to $10.13 billion, a 35% increase from FY2022; the ability for all states and territories to participate in the existing Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHCs) demonstration program; designated State Opioid Response grant and Substance Abuse and Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) funding; and funds to support prevention, harm reduction, treatment and recovery support services not covered by commercial insurance.

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