Mental Health America of Indiana thanks Governor Holcomb, Lt Governor Crouch, and the members of the Indiana General Assembly for the Full Restoration of funding for Mental Health and Addiction programs!
Recovery Works and the appropriation of an additional
$100M over the biennium to fund mental health initiatives are included!
At a time of great need, the Budget Bill (HB 1001), as introduced, made over $26M in cuts for the biennium to mental health and addiction services. These cuts would have severely and negatively impacted the behavioral health service delivery system in Indiana. Thanks to the strong advocacy effort by mental health and addiction advocates, key legislators, and state leadership, the Indiana General Assembly has successfully restored ALL of the introduced cuts--including full restoration for Recovery Works! In addition, HB 1001 would appropriate an additional $100M over the biennium to fund mental health initiatives! Mental Health America of Indiana would like to sincerely thank all of the legislators who worked so hard on the mental health portion of the budget.
Mental Health America of Indiana also appreciates the hard work of our advocacy network, which generated thousands of emails to help make this increase possible. We will continue to work with the Indiana General Assembly to bring critical assistance to Hoosiers living with mental health conditions and addictive disorders.
Mental Health America of Indiana stands ready to work with the Administration to implement the comprehensive and integrated behavioral health services that will be now possible under this budget.
To read more about the proposed state budget bill, please read below:
House Bill 1001: STATE BUDGET - Appropriates money for capital expenditures, the operation of the state, K-12 and higher education, the delivery of Medicaid and other services, and various other distributions and purposes. Replaces the governor with the budget director or the budget director's designee on the state board of finance. Renames the personal services/fringe benefits contingency fund as the budget agency contingency fund (fund).