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Mental Health & Substance Use

Our country has relegated those living with mental illness to the sidelines of our health care system for too long. Joe has established himself as a leading voice in Congress to end the stigma of mental illness and address the shameful gaps in coverage and care for those living with behavioral health issues and substance use disorders.

Joe has fought to prevent insurance discrimination against patients seeking access to mental health and addiction care and he advocates for a robust expansion of federal resources to ensure treatment is available to every person who needs it. Joe is proud to have led legislative efforts to strengthen mental health parity, increase transparency in behavioral health coverage, guarantee mental health coverage for kids in the CHIP program, and address inequities in addiction and substance use disorder treatment. He is a champion for increased access to Medicaid, the largest single payer of mental and behavioral health care in the country.

Joe supports a massive federal investment to take on the opioid crisis, including increased investments in community-based treatment centers and safe injection sites that help people living with addiction. He also supports policies that provide critical wraparound services along with treatment, like housing support and medical transportation, for those who need them.