Commission to oversee $100 million in mental and behavioral health funding statewide
HARRISBURG, August 8 – State Representative Mike Schlossberg today announced that House Minority Leader Joanna McClinton has named him the Democratic caucus representative to the Behavioral Health Commission for Adult Mental Health.
The commission will allocate the $100 million to improve mental health services in Pennsylvania that was passed in the 2022-23 state budget.
“When I introduced my HOPE for PA plan earlier this summer, my goal was to improve mental and behavioral health care in Pennsylvania,” said Schlossberg, D-Lehigh. “Budget 2022-23 delivered on that effort, allocating $100 million and creating a Blue-Ribbon panel of experts to create a plan that delivers on its promise. I would like to thank Chief McClinton for this appointment, it is an honor to represent the caucus to continue this important work.
The HOPE for AP plan will provide funding in the following categories:
- $40 million for public safety, creating safe and healthy communities.
- $30 million to address provider and capacity shortages, thereby improving care.
- $30 million for training, education and awareness, which would help more people.
More details can be found here.
Schlossberg added: “Our mental health care system is broken. More resources, focused on care and our communities, are needed to address this. We have a big task ahead of us, but I think we are up to the challenge.
Information provided to TVL by:
House Democratic Communications Office