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 BluntGOP warns Graham letter to Pelosi on impeachment could 'backfire' Senate eyes attempt to jump-start government funding bills The Hill's Morning Report - Trump grapples with Turkey controversy 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 StabenowRepublican challenger to Gary Peters in Michigan raises over million USDA nixes release of multiple reports over researcher exodus Schumer throws support behind Pelosi impeachment inquiry MORE (D-Mich.), Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerHillicon Valley: Ocasio-Cortez clashes with former Dem senator over gig worker bill | Software engineer indicted over Capital One breach | Lawmakers push Amazon to remove unsafe products Ocasio-Cortez blasts former Dem senator for helping Lyft fight gig worker bill Only four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates MORE (D-Calif.), Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Francis ReedThis week: Congress returns to chaotic Washington Fury over Trump Syria decision grows Democrats warn Trump's Turkey sanctions don't go far enough MORE (D-R.I.) and Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyRand Paul calls for probe of Democrats over Ukraine letter Senator questions agencies on suicide prevention, response after Epstein's death in federal custody During impeachment storm, senators cross aisle to lessen mass incarceration MORE (D-Vt.) appeared at a press conference to unveil the measure. Supporters also include Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGOP warns Graham letter to Pelosi on impeachment could 'backfire' The Hill's Morning Report - Dem debate contenders take aim at Warren Schumer seeks focus on health care amid impeachment fever MORE (R-Maine) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioChina's TikTok turns to former lawmakers to help with content moderation policies Hillicon Valley: Warren turns up heat in battle with Facebook | Instagram unveils new data privacy feature | Advocacy group seeks funding to write about Big Tech TikTok adds former lawmakers to help develop content moderation policies 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.