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BGOV Bill Summary: H.R. 8542, Mental Health First Responders

Sept. 22, 2022, 9:02 AM

The Health and Human Services Department would establish a grant program to hire, train, and dispatch mental health professionals instead of law enforcement when someone experiencing a mental health crisis calls 911, the National Suicide Hotline, or another emergency line, under H.R. 8542.

The measure would authorize $250 million for the period of fiscal 2023 through 2027 for HHS to award grants under the new program to states, local and tribal governments, and tribal organizations.

The funded personnel also could become involved when a person is identified by a first responder as having a mental illness, intellectual disability, or ...