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Talking with Reporter about American Rescue Plan at the State Level

  • 1.  Talking with Reporter about American Rescue Plan at the State Level

    National Council Staff
    Posted 08-30-2021 14:06

    Greetings All,

    We recently received an inquiry from Sophie Quinton, a staff writer from Stateline, regarding funds from the American Rescue Plan being distributed at the state level for mental health and substance use services.

    Specifically, Sophie is writing an article about state lawmakers setting aside American Rescue Plan Act funds (as in, part of their direct fiscal recovery fund allocations) to pay for mental and behavioral health services. She's trying to figure out what lawmakers are planning to do with the money – or, if they haven't figured that out yet, what they might be able to do, given the limited duration of the funds and Treasury requirements for spending them.

    Would any of you like to discuss your experiences or share your input with Sophie?

    Please let us know by emailing Connor McKay at and Sophia Majlessi at

    Sophie will be working on this piece through tomorrow.

    Much appreciated,


    Joel Nepomuceno
    Membership Manager
    National Council for Mental Wellbeing
    Washington DC

  • 2.  RE: Talking with Reporter about American Rescue Plan at the State Level

    Posted 08-30-2021 19:55
    Joel, on the AE workforce call last week, we were reviewing what states had done with the enhanced FMAP from the American Rescue Plan. My recollection of the discussion was that few (if any?) states had allocated the enhanced FMAP. The allocations or those under discussion included development of new services, rather than providing COVID relief to existing services.

    Would the National Council consider including a statement about the need for enhanced FMAP to go to behavioral health's existing workforce crisis as part of this media outreach?

    Shannon Hall
    Executive Director
    Community Behavioral Health Association of Maryland
    Catonsville MD
    410-788-1865 ext 2