President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion federal budget into law today. The massive budget, consisting of more than 2,322 pages of text, will fund the government through the end of September 2018. The bipartisan agreement promises $500 billion in both domestic and defense programs for two years.
On the opioid front, this funding is intended to fund more opioid addiction treatment programs, propel harm reduction approaches, discourage opioid prescriptions, and generally get at addressing the root causes of addiction. The major boost in health care spending is surely a “win” for the behavioral healthcare industry. Below, please find a summary of funding streams intended to alleviate the opioid epidemic:
In total, the omnibus allocates $4.6 billion to fight the opioid epidemic, which is a $3.3 billion increase from last year’s funding level. The spending budget effectively adds billions across several agencies to help local and state governments fight this public health crisis.
The funding increase for mental health and addiction programs and services in the omnibus reflect Centerstone’s priorities. To learn more about how this federal budget allocates spending for behavioral health, visit The National Council’s website.
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