June 2, 2021
On Friday, May 28, President Biden released his Fiscal Year 2022 Presidential Budget Request, totaling more than $6 trillion in government spending. The detailed request calls for significant funding increases across federal agencies, including mental health and substance use programs. It is important to remember that the President’s Budget Request is largely a political document, holding no policy power or requirements for Congress to meet the request as appropriators. Attached is a top line summary of key mental health and substance use programs.
Also attached from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) please find guidance to states regarding the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA)’s additional SAMHSA funds to support states through Block Grants to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic for Americans with mental illness and substance use disorders. Please let us know if you have any questions.