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Mental Health Options Should Be More Available

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U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., supports improving access to and awareness of mental health and substance use disorder services.

He is cosponsoring the Mental Health Awareness and Improvement Act of 2013, S.689, which would reauthorize and improve programs administered by both the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services related to awareness, prevention, and early identification of mental health conditions. The legislation does not create new programs or require new funding.

"People tend to be quiet on this particular issue, making condition awareness and access to treatment difficult," said Enzi. "We can provide options for those who need mental health services while improving the entire system. This legislation is one step in that direction."

The legislation focuses on schools by promoting school-wide prevention through the development of positive behavioral supports, and encourages school-based mental health partnerships. The legislation also focuses on suicide prevention, helping children recover from trauma, mental health awareness for teachers and others, and assessing barriers to integrating behavioral health and primary care.

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