Senators, film director unveil mental health bill

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The centers would receive permission to bill Medicaid as other community health centers do when they provide health services.

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntTop Senate Dem: We're going forward with understanding we can work with White House on DACA Sunday shows preview: Trump officials gear up for UN assembly Air Force One is Trump’s new boardroom MORE (R-Mo.), a sponsor of the bill, said it comes as the United States confronts serious mental healthcare needs.

"We have a moment that works, and a model that works," Blunt said Thursday. "The time is right, and the model is right."

Blunt and Sens. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowMich. Senate candidate opts for House run instead Report: GOP donors can't get in touch with Kid Rock Kid Rock denies press credentials to Detroit paper MORE (D-Mich.), Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerTrump riles Dems with pick for powerful EPA job Pelosi's chief of staff stepping down Time is now to address infrastructure needs MORE (D-Calif.), Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Raymond ReedOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill This week: Senate wrapping up defense bill after amendment fight MORE (D-R.I.) and Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Live coverage: Sanders rolls out single-payer bill MORE (D-Vt.) appeared at a press conference to unveil the measure. Supporters also include Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Ryan: Graham-Cassidy 'best, last chance' to repeal ObamaCare Collins skeptical of new ObamaCare repeal effort MORE (R-Maine) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Trump bets base will stick with him on immigration MORE (R-Fla.).

"Increasing services is what we are talking about here," Stabenow said. "We would treat an additional 1.5 million people through the legislation, and we would be able to expand access to about 200,000 more veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who also need support."

Russell has been nominated for an Academy Award for "Silver Linings Playbook," which chronicles the struggle of a man with bipolar disorder.

On Thursday, he spoke about his 19-year-old son, who attends a therapeutic boarding school in Connecticut for kids with Asperger's syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other mental health conditions.

"I did it for my son, so he could feel less stigmatized," Russell said of the film. "When your son is 11 and he has a mood disorder and he tells you that he's not so happy about this business called living, you would do anything for that child to turn it around."

The senators' bill would cost $1.4 billion over 10 years.