September 26, 2022
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Senate passes gun safety legislation with Stabenow’s mental health program

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Washington — The gun safety legislation passed late Thursday by the U.S. Senate would expand eligibility for a mental health program authored by Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow to all states. 

The vote was 65-33, with 15 Republican senators voting with Democrats in support of the package, which has been hailed as the most significant gun legislation in 30 years. The House is expected to take up the legislation as early as Friday.

Stabenow’s measure, co-written by Sen. Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, reimburses states through Medicaid for mental health and addiction services provided at federally qualified community health clinics that must offer 24-hour crisis services, among other elements.

Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Roy Blunt want to expand their pilot program funding mental health services in community health clinics.

“We know that more than half of all gun deaths are suicides and those with mental illness are more likely to be a victim of violence than perpetrate it,” Stabenow said in a statement after the vote.

“This bill builds on my transformational behavioral health care initiative to bring high-quality mental health and addiction services to communities across the country to get people the care they need as part of the health care system.”



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