Rep. McAdams to introduce bill for mental health workers in Utah

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MIDVALE, Utah (ABC4 News) – Congressman Ben McAdams will introduce a bill on Tuesday to help mental health workers in Utah.

The ‘Mental Health Professionals Workforce Shortage Loan Repayment Act’ will provide school loan forgiveness for mental and behavioral health professionals that work in low-income and rural communities.

“As depression, anxiety, and thoughts of suicide are rising, Utah families need access to mental health workers for treatment and crisis response,” said Congressman McAdams. “This bill is about saving lives, getting help to those who need it, and supporting the professionals working in Utah’s strained mental and behavioral health services.”

McAdams says a 2019 Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute study reports that Utah needs to double its mental health professionals in the next 15 years.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a nationwide study in which 41 percent of respondents report mental health symptoms as a result of COVID-19 pressures

Representative McAdams says the bill will help save lives by supporting those mental health workers.

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