Harris releases mental health plan: 6 quick takeaways

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., released a mental health plan Nov. 25 as part of her 2020 campaign for president.

Citing data that shows a fifth of American adults experience mental illness and that suicide rates are increasing, her plan calls mental healthcare a "crisis" in the U.S. To address this escalating issue, Ms. Harris pledged to:

  • Double mental health treatment beds, focusing on areas with a shortage of mental health services
  • Authorize a loan forgiveness program for mental health professionals who work in shortage areas
  • Cover telemedicine for mental health services under "Medicare for All"
  • Establish a $100 million fund to improve mental health treatment for Native Americans
  • Increase federal funding for mental health research, particularly for post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and military sexual trauma.
  • Improve mental health-related emergency response

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