MIL-OSI USA: Rep. Lee’s Virtual Peer Support Act Passes the House as Part of Bipartisan Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Legislation

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Susie Lee (NV-03)

June 23, 2022

Press Release

Bill Would Increase Accessibility and Capacity of Crucial Mental Health Programs

WASHINGTON – This week, Rep. Susie Lee’s Virtual Peer Support Act was passed out of the House on a bipartisan vote as part of H.R. 7666, the Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act of 2022. Rep. Lee (D-NV) introduced the Virtual Peer Support Act with Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) in April of 2021. The modified version of Rep. Lee’s legislation included in H.R. 7666 would boost the capacity and accessibility of mental health support programs by helping service providers expand their in-person and online peer support services. The Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act strengthens more than 30 programs that support mental health care and substance use disorder prevention, care, treatment, and recovery support services in Nevada. 

Peer support programs are evidence-based programs where peer specialists use their own mental health and recovery experience and their state-certified training to offer support, coping skills, and community to others living with mental health conditions. Specifically, the legislation would create a $13 million grant program for eligible organizations to implement and expand peer support programs and build out their online capacity to meet increased need.

“Nevada, like much of this country, is facing a mental health crisis that demands our immediate attention,” said Rep. Susie Lee. “We must be innovative in providing access to effective counseling options, which is exactly what my Virtual Peer Support Act does. I’m so proud that this legislation passed with support from both Democrats and Republicans, and I’ll continue to fight to see it signed into law so we can get everyone the mental health care they need.”

For more information on the Virtual Peer Support Act, click here.

The Virtual Peer Support Act is Endorsed by the following organizations:

  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
  • Mental Health America (MHA)
  • National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • American Nurses Association (ANA)
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
  • Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR)
  • National Register of Health Service Psychologists
  • Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance
  • American Association on Health and Disability
  • Lakeshore Foundations
  • National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors (NACBHDD)
  • National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARMH)
  • Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America
  • International Society for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses
  • JED Foundation
  • American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work
  • National League for Nursing
  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • National Association for Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment (NABITA)
  • Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness
  • WestCare Foundation
  • Oasis Counseling

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