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Excellence in Mental Health Act introduced

On March 21, Reps. Doris Matsui, D-Calif., and Leonard Lance, R-N.J., introduced H.R. 1263, the Excellence in Mental Health Act to expand access to mental health treatment and improve quality of care and federally qualified mental health centers. The bill would expand access to the country's 2,000 community mental health centers by supporting the expansion of existing centers and the construction of new centers. This would allow for the treatment of up to an additional 1.5 million mental health patients each year, in addition to approximately 200,000 veterans. When the bill was introduced, Representative Matsui said, "The bipartisan Excellence in Mental Health Act will address our nation's fragmented mental health system by enhancing Medicaid funding for community mental health centers that offer evidence-based treatment and support for millions of vulnerable people with mental disorders." H.R. 1263 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee for consideration. more

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