The Senate passed gun safety legislation with Stabenow’s mental health program

Washington – The Weapons Safety Act, passed late Thursday by the US Senate, will extend the eligibility for a mental health program created by Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow to all states.

The vote was 65-33, with 15 Republican senators voting alongside Democrats in support of the package, which has been hailed as the most significant arms legislation in 30 years. The chamber is expected to pass the law no earlier than Friday.

Stabenow’s measure, co-authored by Sen. Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, is reimbursing states through Medicaid for mental health and addiction services provided by federally qualified community health clinics that are required to offer 24-hour crisis services, among other items.

“We know that more than half of all firearm deaths are suicides and people with mental illness are more likely to be victims of violence than to commit it,” Stabenov said in a statement after the vote.

“This bill is based on my Transformational Behavioral Health Initiative to provide high-quality mental health and addiction services to communities across the country to provide people with the care they need as part of the health care system.

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