On Monday, Feb. 12th, the President released his proposed budget for FY 2019. The President’s budget is a signal of the White House’s priorities, but it is not necessarily an indicator of what the federal budget will look like, since it is Congress that passes the budget.
The President’s budget request includes proposed legislative changes to Medicaid that would hurt people with mental illness, including:
The President’s budget also proposes to make a devastating $83B cut to Social Security over 10 years. This includes at least $70B in proposed cuts to disability programs. The proposal includes cuts in the following areas:
In addition, the President’s proposed budget affects the following departments and agencies whose programs impact people with mental illness and their families:
Health & Human Services
The President’s budget proposes $68.4B, a $17.9B cut from the 2017 enacted budget, impacting several agencies that serve people with mental illness. However, the budget addendum adds $15.8B, for a net cut of $2.1B to HHS from 2017. Note: In the President’s budget and addendum, $10B is set-aside for opioid and serious mental illness within HHS.
Housing & Urban Development
The President’s budget makes significant cuts and proposes changes to Section 8 and public housing that could increase rents on people receiving housing assistance and impose work requirements.
The President’s budget makes encouraging investments in Veterans’ access to mental healthcare, homelessness programs and medical research.
Department of Justice
The President’s budget includes some cuts to programs in DOJ that affect people with mental illness.
NAMI will continue to advocate for mental health-related budgets as Congress finalizes the FY 2018 and 2019 budgets.