Governor Wes Moore was joined by US Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Xavier Becerra, HHS Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Dr. Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, and Lt. Governor Aruna Miller for a behavioral health roundtable discussion at Behavioral Health System Baltimore. Along with community organization leadership and youth advocates, the group discussed opportunities to strengthen mental and behavioral health resources and support throughout the state.
“To fully unlock the potential of our state, we must support all Marylanders as they navigate mental health and substance use challenges,” Governor Moore said. “My number one job is to ensure the health and safety of Marylanders, and addressing these issues is a core part of that job; that’s why in my budget proposal we’re seriously investing in mental health initiatives, including the 9-8-8 hotline, and treatment programs that will help save lives.”
Last week, Governor Moore unveiled his budget proposalwhich includes a record $1.4 billion in direct state support for mental health and substance abuse programs and more than $616 million to fund provider rate increases in the areas of behavioral health, developmental disabilities, Medicaid and other services.
“Improving and securing mental health and behavioral health care access and quality for all Marylanders is our top priority,” said Lt. Governor Miller. “We will continue to elevate the voices of our community partners, healthcare providers and patients as we move forward in partnership.”