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National Council Applauds Passage of Historic Excellence in Mental Health Act

The U.S. Senate today passed legislation that included $900 million to fund the bipartisan Excellence in Mental Health Act. The legislation, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week as part of the Medicare SGR Repeal bill, establishes a two year demonstration program in eight states to offer a broad range of mental health and substance use treatment services, including 24-hour crisis psychiatric services, while setting new standards for provider organizations.

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