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H.R. 1001 (117th): CRISIS Act

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 11, 2021 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



1st Session

H. R. 1001


February 11, 2021

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


To amend the Community Mental Health Service Block Grant to authorize a set-aside for crisis care services, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Creating Resources to Improve Situations of Inherent Severity Act or the CRISIS Act.


Set-aside for evidence-based crisis care services

Section 1920 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300x–9) is amended—


in subsection (a), by striking $532,571,000 for each of fiscal years 2018 through 2022 and inserting $532,571,000 for each of fiscal years 2018 through 2021, and $758,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2022 through 2023; and


by adding at the end the following:


Crisis care


In general

Except as provided in paragraph (3), a State shall expend at least 5 percent of the amount the State receives pursuant to section 1911 for each fiscal year to support evidenced-based programs that address the crisis care needs of individuals with serious mental disorders, and children with serious mental and emotional disturbances.


Core elements

At the discretion of the single State agency responsible for the administration of the program of the State under a grant under section 1911, funds expended pursuant to paragraph (1) may be used to fund some or all of the core crisis care service components, delivered according to evidence-based principles, including the following:


Crisis call centers.


24/7 mobile crisis services.


Crisis stabilization programs offering acute care or subacute care in a hospital or appropriately licensed facility, as determined by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, with referrals to inpatient or outpatient care.


State flexibility

In lieu of expending 5 percent of the amount the State receives pursuant to section 1911 for a fiscal year to support evidence-based programs as required by paragraph (1), a State may elect to expend not less than 10 percent of such amount to support such programs by the end of two consecutive fiscal years.