House Passes Bill to Repeal Prevention and Public Health Fund

by Rebecca Farley on April 14, 2011

On Wednesday, the House voted 236-189 to approve a bill (HR 1217) that would repeal all funding for the Prevention and Public Health Fund enacted under health reform. This fund provides support for a variety of prevention programs. Currently, SAMHSA is receiving $88 million from the prevention fund to support such programs as SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment), suicide prevention, and the Primary Care-Behavioral Health Integration (PCBHI) grants. The PCBHI program funds initiatives for the co-location of primary care in behavioral health settings.

Four Democrats joined all the House Republicans in voting for the bill. However, the bill is unlikely to become law. The Senate has already rejected other attempts to roll back funding for the law, and President Obama has said he would veto such legislation.


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