WASHINGTON— Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) today highlighted the work he has done to reduce stigma associated with post-traumatic stress disorder and to expand mental health treatment for those who are suffering from it. June is PTSD Awareness Month.
“PTSD Awareness Month is a time when we remind ourselves to remain aware of the unique struggles veterans, current service members, and others around us may be facing and let them know they are not alone,” Mullin said. “By knowing the symptoms and talking about it, we can reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues. When we reduce the stigma, we can help them get the help they need.”
“Throughout my time in Congress, investing in mental health treatment has been a priority for me and we have seen results,” Mullin continued. “The CARES Act, which was signed into law earlier this year, extended funding for CCBHCs, which have been proven to help those with mental illness get access to the treatment they need.”
Mullin has long been an advocate for expansion of and additional funding for the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) pilot program, which provides coordinated care to patients with mental health and substance use disorders. The CARES Act extended the program through November 30, 2020 and expanded it to two additional states.
Grand Lake Mental Health Center, which is a part of the pilot program, has seen a 95 percent reduction in inpatient psychiatric admissions in its 7-county service area. In 2015, before the program began, there were 1,115 inpatient psychiatric admissions in the Grand Lake Mental Health Center service area. In 2018, there were only 15 admissions because patients are getting the treatment they need.