Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act of 2022

Floor Speech

Date: June 22, 2022
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. BALDERSON. Madam Speaker, I thank Ranking Member Rodgers for this work.

Madam Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 7666, the Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act.

Lockdowns, isolations, economic instability, disruptions to learning and daily routines. For well over a year, school closures, mask mandates, and online learning became the new normal for far too many young Americans.

As a result, a new crisis is afoot in our country, one with potentially dire consequences for our future, a mental health crisis among younger Americans.

Today, nearly 7 in 10 parents of young children in Ohio are worried about their kids' mental or emotional health. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death of Americans ages 18 to 45. Our kids are counting on us, and we are counting on them.

Madam Speaker, I urge a ``yes'' vote on H.R. 7666.