Kuster Leads Comprehensive, Bipartisan Bill To Address Addiction and Mental Health Crisis
Washington, July 13, 2023
**Kuster spoke on behalf of the SUPPORT Act in today’s Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing. Her full remarks are available here**
Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced she is co-leading comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to respond to the addiction and overdose crisis. The Support for Patients and Communities Reauthorization (SUPPORT) Act is a landmark bill to update Congress’s response to the complicated challenges of mental health and substance use disorder and empower communities to respond to this epidemic. Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02), Health Subcommittee Chair, is the Republican sponsor of this bill.
Full bill text is available here.
“Addiction and mental health touch every community in our nation — and every life lost to this epidemic is a tragedy. While we have taken great strides to expand access to treatment and recovery resources, these twin epidemics continue to take lives across the country,” said Kuster, founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Task Force. “That’s why the SUPPORT Act is so important — this comprehensive package brings together Members from both sides of the aisle to respond to the complicated challenges of mental health and substance use disorder with a united front. I want to thank Chairman Guthrie for his partnership and encourage my colleagues to support this bipartisan bill.”
The Support for Patients and Communities Reauthorization (SUPPORT) Act would: