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State and Federal Budget Issues
Understanding the Issue:

Nondefense Discretionary (NDD) Programs FAQ

HHS Announces Funding to Help Seniors, People with Disabilities Access Long-Term Services & Supports
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced $25 million in funding under the Affordable Care Act to help states provide home and community-based long-term services and supports to seniors and people living with disabilities.

Federal Budget and Spending Take Center Stage
Federal discretionary spending will come clearly into focus as President Obama unveils his FY 2012 budget and Congress moves forward on omnibus spending legislation for the remaining months of the current fiscal year (FY 2011).

Congres Moves toward Final Adjournment in Passing "Continuing Resolution"
The 111th Congress is expected to reach final adjournment today in passing the "Continuing Resolution," extending current spending levels through March, 2011.

Act Now to Increase Funding for the Federal Mental Health Block Grant
Please contact your Representative in the U.S. Congress and your two U.S. Senators and urge them to increase funding for the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant by $100 million in the fiscal year Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill.

NAMI ED Testimony on FY 2011 Budgets
View Mike Fitzpatrick's statement to the Subcommittee on Labor, HHS and Education on FY 2011 funding for NIMH, SAMHSA and SSA

FY 2012 President’s Budget Proposal
As is being widely reported in the press, the President released a proposed $3.7 trillion federal budget for FY 2012 highlighted by a proposed overall freeze for most non-defense, non-veterans discretionary spending. Read more for further details.

Details on Proposed Mental Illness Research and Services Funding for FY 2010
On July 24, the House cleared legislation that includes funding for mental illness research and services for FY 2010. The bill, known as the FY 2010 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill (HR 3293) includes a $52 million increase for mental illness research at NIMH, as well as an $8.4 million increase for the PATH program (outreach services for homeless individuals with serious mental illness) and a $17 million for the Childrens Mental Health program.

House Approves 2010 Funding for Mental Illness Research and Services
On July 24, by a vote of 264-153, the House cleared legislation that includes funding for mental illness research and services for FY 2010.

Details of the Obama Administration’s FY 2010 Budget Proposal
View details of the Obama Administration’s proposed funding requests for mental illness research, services, housing and veterans programs.

Senator Stabenow's Dear Colleague Letter on Increasing Mental Health Block Grant Funding
In early April, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) initiated an effort to secure an additional $100 million for the Mental Health Block Grant program for FY 2010.

Funding Levels for Mental Illness Research, Services and Housing in the FY 2009 "Omnibus" Appropriations Bill
Read details about proposed mental illness funding under HR 1105, the FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations bill.

President Obama Signs Children’s Health Insurance Bill!
On February 4th, President Obama signed in to law legislation reauthorizing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The bill (HR 2) cleared its final hurdle when it passed the House by a vote of 290-135, after passing the Senate 66-32 on January 30.

Senate Passes Children’s Health Insurance Bill!
By a vote of 66-32, the Senate yesterday passed legislation reauthorizing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

Congress Adjourns: 2009 Funding Update
Late last week the House and Senate adjourned and are not expected back in Washington until mid-November for what is expected to be a very short post-election session. In the addition to passing the landmark Paul Wellstone-Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, the House and Senate also last week cleared a funding measure to keep most federal agencies operating at their current levels through March 6, 2009. This “continuing resolution” will keep agencies as the NIMH, SAMHSA and HUD at current FY 2008 funding levels through next year.

Congress to Vote on Funding for Medicaid and NIH Research
The House and Senate are expected to vote as early as today on an economic stimulus package that includes $19.6 billion in funding for states to make up for expected shortfalls in Medicaid and $1.2 billion in funding for medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Congress Begins Work on FY 2009 Spending Bills
This week the House and Senate Appropriations Committees began work on spending bills for FY 2009 – including the budgets for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Details of the President's Proposed Budget for FY 2009
Includes details of the President's budget proposal for FY 2009, including Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, housing and homelessness programs, mental illness services and research.

Details on FY 2008 Funding for Housing and Homeless Programs
FY 2008 funding for programs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is included in the $50.7 billion Transportation-HUD Appropriations bill (HR 3074/S 1789). This includes $38.75 billion for HUD for FY 2008, or $2.12 billion more than the current FY 2007 level, and $3.15 billion more than the President’s request.

Senate Passes Funding for Mental Illness Research and Services
By a vote of 75-19, the Senate on October 23 passed legislation that includes FY 2008 funding for a broad range of labor, health and education programs, including mental illness research and services.