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Details on Proposed Mental Illness Research and Services Funding for FY 2008
FY 2008 funding for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are included in the Labor-HHS Appropriations bill (HR 3043/S 1710).

NAMI Salutes Heroes in the House and Senate Debates on SCHIP-Medicare Legislation
NAMI would like to recognize the following members of Congress for their leadership in crafting the current SCHIP bills that passed both the House and Senate last week.

NAMI Letter In Support of SCHIP Reauthorization
NAMI's letter of support for SCHIP reauthorization, written to Senators Baucus and Grassley July 17, 2007.

Background on SCHIP Reauthorization Legislation
Details on the 2007 SCHIP Authorization bills before the House and Senate.

War Supplemental Bill Adds $100 Million for VA Mental Health Services
Late last week Congress sent to the President the FY 2007 Supplemental War Spending bill, known as the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act (HR 2206) that includes $466.8 million in additional funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs for the current fiscal year. President Bush signed the legislation on May 26.

Lisa Halpern of NAMI Massachusetts Testifies Before Senate Committee
On May 8, 2007, Lisa Halpern, a consumer and participant in NAMI's In Our Own Voice program, testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on legislation to reauthorize the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Lisa offered her perspectives on recovery, peer support and the need to ensure that consumers and families play a central role in developing uniform outcome measures for mental health services.

NAMI Testifies in Support of Increased Funding for Housing, Research and Suicide Prevention in FY'08
On March 30, 2007, NAMI testified before a House subcommitte in support of increased funding for mental illness research, suicide prevention and housing programs for fiscal year 2008.

Senate Clears FY 2007 Spending Legislation, Measure Moves to President Bush
The Senate on February 14 gave final passage to the $463.5 billion continuing funding resolution for the remaining months of the current fiscal year (FY 2007). The bill (H.J.Res. 20) includes the current budgets for mental illness research at NIMH, mental health services at SAMHSA, housing programs at HUD and mental illness treatment services at the VA. President Bush is expected to sign the bill into law shortly.

Senate Appropriations Committee Clears FY 2007 HUD Budget
On July 20, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed legislation funding the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for FY 2007. The legislation, known as the Treasury-Transportation-HUD Appropriations bill (HR 5576), includes a total of $36 billion for HUD for FY 2007, $1.2 billion above the President's request.

FY 2007 HUD Budget Facing Cuts
Alert on fighting Cuts to Housing Programs Targeted to People with Mental Illness and Other Disibalities - Funding for HUD Section 811 At Risk

State Fiscal Pressures to Intensify when Federal Financial Relief Expires in June
The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured has issued a series of reports on the Medicaid and state budget conditions pointing out that Medicaid cuts will continue as improving state economic conditions are insufficient to pull states out of the budget woes they face.

House Passes Social Security Protection Legislation
The House of Representatives on February 11 cleared the Social Security Protection Act (HR 743) by an overwhelming 402 to 19 margin. This action clears the legislation to go to the White House where President Bush is expected to sign it into law.