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Buttigieg unveils plan to strengthen mental health care, fight addiction


Added 08-23-19 07:57:01am EST - “Democratic presidential hopeful South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Friday released a new plan to bolster mental health care and combat addiction.” - Thehill.com

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Democratic presidential hopeful South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegPoll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona ABC unveils moderators for third Democratic debate National poll finds tight race between Biden, Sanders and Warren MORE on Friday released a new plan to bolster mental health care and combat addiction.

“For years, politicians in Washington have claimed to prioritize mental health care while slashing funding for treatment and ignoring America’s growing addiction and mental health crisis,” Buttigieg said in a statement. “That neglect must end. Our plan breaks down the barriers around mental health and builds up a sense of belonging that will help millions of suffering Americans heal.”

The plan calls for imposing penalties on insurance companies if they do not provide coverage for mental illness and addiction, as well as expanding access to treatment to opioid addictions, and decriminalizing mental illness and addiction through re-entry programs.

Buttigieg would also establish $10 billion in annual “Healing and Belonging” grants in an effort to give communities resources to combat mental health and addiction issues, in addition to the creation of a Community Health Service Corps.

If elected president, Buttigieg said that he would require "every school across the country to teach Mental Health First Aid courses," as well as combat loneliness and social isolation through a national campaign.

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