News from Representative Tom Emmer

Dear Friend,


During National Mental Health Awareness Month, we take the time to remember the importance of prioritizing our mental health like we do our physical health. Every year, 1 in 5 Americans experience a mental health condition. Thousands suffer every day, and much of it goes unnoticed and untreated.

During my time in Congress, I have made it a priority to make sure those suffering from mental illness receive the resources and care they deserve. Here are some of the steps I have taken to highlight this important issue:



ImageCongressman Emmer meeting with staff of the Family Life Mental Health Center, People Incorporated to learn about the impact of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics model. 


I am an original co-sponsor of H.R. 1767, the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Expansion Act. This extends the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) to offer mental health services to those in need. CCBHCs expand mental health care to community-based settings, and Minnesota is only one of eight states to participate in the demonstration program that potentially reduces health care costs by preventatively treating mental health.

Additionally, in April, I signed onto a letter to the House Committee on Agriculture, urging them to appropriate funds for the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN). This would also jump start a farm stress pilot program, which I helped establish through my legislation, the Stemming the Tide of Rural Economic Stress and Suicide (STRESS) Act. The FRSAN is specifically important to the Sixth District of Minnesota to help farmers in Minnesota who experience high stress and hardships due to the unpredictability of the agriculture market.

 

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Congressman Emmer meeting with National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota, Executive Director Sue Abderholden In Washington, D.C.


Over the course of the next year, I look forward to working with my colleagues to support initiatives to not only increase access to mental health programs but also improve the care provided to those in need. Please reach out to my Washington D.C. office with any questions or concerns regarding mental health policies. 

If you, or anyone you know is struggling, call the National Alliance on Mental Illness helpline at 800-950-NAMI or TEXT "NAMI" TO 741741

Sincerely,

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