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The President’s Economic Recovery and Stimulus Program and Consumers – A Progress Report

April 29, 2009

As is being widely reported in the press, today marks the 100th day of the Obama Administration.  One of the major accomplishments for the new President was passage of the economic recovery and stimulus package, known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act or ARRA, in February.  As agencies across the government move to implement the new law and its $787 billion in spending over the next two years, NAMI is watching closely to ensure that people living with serious mental illness and their families are able to fully access support and assistance from the law.

Advocates can monitor implementation of the ARRA by clicking on the White House website set up to track economic stimulus and recovery spending.

NAMI has compiled the following progress reports on programs funded by the ARRA, including extra cash payments for SSI and SSDI beneficiaries, homeless prevention funding, investments in medical research and Medicaid matching funds for the states.

Learn more about the extra $250 payment to SSI & SSDI beneficiaries. 
Learn more about homelessness prevention funds. 
Learn more about medical research funds.
Learn more about Comparative Effectiveness Research.
Learn more about additional Medicaid funding for the states.