Write your legislators
The National Council and a coalition of behavioral health organizations have made a historic appropriations request for behavioral health organizations in response to COVID-19. The request - an emergency appropriation of $38.5 billion for providers of mental health and addiction treatment services - is one of the largest and most important funding requests of our time.
Community-based providers of mental health and substance use treatment services were already struggling to meet the growing demand for services, even before COVID-19 began. COVID-19 has exacerbated the need for behavioral health services. The pandemic has increased anxiety, fear, isolation and grief, leading to declining mental health and increased substance use in our communities that will only continue to get worse.
Behavioral health organizations across the country are participating in a day of advocacy. We hope you'll join us in taking action.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DSP WORKFORCE CRISIS
Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) like Joe and Keya support Pennsylvanians with autism or intellectual disability. Since this video was aired in 2017, both Joe and Keya have left the jobs they love because they couldn't support themselves and their families on DSP wages. You can help Fix the DSP Crisis! Visit FixTheDSPCrisis.com.