Rep. Horsford Votes to Deliver on Bipartisan Mental Health Resources During Coronavirus Pandemic

September 30, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, in the final days of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Congressman Steven Horsford voted in favor of four bipartisan bills that enhance mental health programs in Nevada and throughout the country.  These bills increase funding for mental health services in our nation, strengthening mental health support for underserved communities, young people, and for students who face a challenging time learning from home. They also increase mental health access in in cases of mental health emergencies in hospital emergency rooms and help screen vulnerable individuals at risk for suicide. 


“The global COVID-19 pandemic has caused increased stress and anxiety for countless Nevadans, who worry about their health, the health of their loved ones, and their finances during unprecedented unemployment in our State. It has also exacerbated long-standing challenges in our mental health systems,” said Congressman Horsford. “That is why I voted in favor of bipartisan legislation, which tackles our evolving mental health challenges at a time when Nevadans need it most.” 


Congressman Horsford voted in favor of the following legislation: 

H.R. 5469Pursuing Equity in Mental Health Act authorizes federal funding to address mental health disparities among underserved populations including communities of color. H.R. 5469 would create a grant program targeted at high-poverty communities for culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services; support research into disparities in mental health; reauthorize the Minority Fellowship Program to support more students of color entering the mental health workforce; and study the impact of smartphones and social media. 

H.R. 1109Mental Health Services for Students Act of 2020 authorizes grants to fund school-based mental health services.  The goal of the program is to create partnerships between schools and community-based mental health professionals across the country.  

H.R. 2519Improving Mental Health Access from the Emergency Department Act of 2020 authorizes the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to award grants to qualifying emergency departments for the purpose of supporting mental health services.

H.R. 4861Effective Suicide Screening and Assessment in the Emergency Department Act of 2020 creates a grant program to improve the identification, assessment, and treatment of patients in emergency departments who are at risk for suicide by: developing policies and procedures for identifying and assessing individuals who are at risk of suicide; and enhancing the coordination of care for such individuals after discharge.