Addressing the Addiction and Mental Health Crisis

COVID-19 has brought tremendous challenges for people in New Hampshire and across the country, and the isolation has exacerbated the ongoing substance use crisis. It’s critical that Congress continues to support those in need — that’s why I founded the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force.

The Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force merges the Bipartisan Opioid Task Force, founded in 2015, with Rep. David Trone’s (D-MD) Freshmen Working Group on Addiction. The purpose of the new Task Force is to combine efforts to make the most progress possible on addiction and mental health in the 117th Congress. 

In the 117th Congress, I am working across the aisle with my fellow co-chairs to advance evidence-based policies to end the addiction and mental health crises in America through prevention and treatment. Already we are working on legislation to eliminate Medicaid exclusions and make it easier for everyone in need to access the treatment and support they need, regardless of their justice or socioeconomic status.