Senate Passes Gun Safety Legislation With Stabenow Mental Health Program

Washington – Gun safety legislation passed Thursday night by the US Senate would expand eligibility for a mental health program drafted by Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow to all states.

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

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

“We know that more than half of all gun deaths are suicides and people with mental illness are more likely to be victims of violence than to commit 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 addictions services to communities across the country to give people the care they need. needed in the health care system.

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