The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) seeks $10.8 billion for fiscal year 2024, an increase of $3.3 billion compared to its 2023 budget. The funds will support key priority programs addressing the mental health crisis, youth mental health, overdose prevention, and more as part of the President’s Unity Agenda.
SAMHSA’s 2024 budget proposal features a significant investment in transforming the US behavioral health crisis care system. This includes the expansion of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, mandatory funding for Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) to increase access to mental health services, and a request to change the term “Abuse” to “Use” in the Agency’s and Centers’ names to reduce stigma.
Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, Ph.D., Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, emphasized the importance of these targeted investments in addressing America’s behavioral health needs and enhancing access to quality care for individuals and families nationwide.