Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick, Ann McLane Kuster, David Trone and Jaime Herrera Beutler announced the creation of the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force, an effort to promote policies to combat the addiction and mental health crises in America.
The task force will host regular meetings with stakeholders, attend site visits and create policies intended to save lives. The first roundtable conversation will focus on the effects that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had on the state of addiction and mental health in America.
“The mental health and opioid epidemics sweeping across Pennsylvania and our nation have only been further compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has created new barriers for our citizens with pre-existing mental illnesses and substance use disorders and generated new issues for our citizens previously unaffected,” Fitzpatrick said. “Our bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force team is ready to educate, raise awareness and take immediate action to provide support and hope to the millions of struggling people across our country.”