May is Mental Health Month, but it’s also the time of year when PA state budget talks begin in earnest. Unfortunately, the PA House recently passed a budget, HB 218, that cuts away from our already underfunded mental health and substance use disorder systems.

HB 218 would reduce behavioral health funds by $9 million, $4 million reducing treatment slots for people with substance use disorder, and $5 million from community-based mental health services. And it’s entirely possible that there could be further cuts, as the state government has already taken steps to freeze programs, consolidate positions, and trim funding. As you know, behavioral health in Pennsylvania has already suffered in Pennsylvania and we cannot suffer any more funding cuts.

That’s why everyone needs to get involved. As people living with mental health conditions, their family members, and friends, you understand that cutting corners when it comes to behavioral health comes with a hefty price tag. Less community treatment options mean longer delays, missed work, isolation from support networks, and more missed opportunities to get people on the road to recovery.

Join the coalition fighting for a fair budget on June 5 at Capitol in Harrisburg. Buses will leave from Norristown and Philadelphia. Seating will be limited so make sure to sign up early in order to reserve your place, as the event is only two weeks away.

Sign up here!