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House Committee Holds Hearing on COVID-19 and Mental Health

On Thursday, March 11, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services held a hearing on “COVID-19 and the Mental Health and Substance Use Crises”.

Members of the Committee heard from four expert witnesses on how the pandemic has affected mental health and substance abuse: Arthur Evans Jr., CEO of the American Psychological Association (a member of FABBS); Dr. Lisa Amaya-Jackson, Co-Director of the UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic

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American Rescue Plan Heads to the President’s Desk

COVID Relief

On Wednesday, March 10, the House passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, to incorporate amendments added by the Senate last week. The bill now heads to the White House for President Biden’s signature, successfully meeting the March 14 deadline, when expanded unemployment benefits will run dry.

Of note for FABBS members, the bill includes $600 million for the National Science Foundation to fund new and existing research to respond to COVID-19, and $100 million for

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