The ERISA Industry Committee Applauds House Passage of the “Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act” (H.R. 7666)

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) hails the advancement of the bipartisan “Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-being Act” (H.R. 7666) as a victory and lifeline for millions of employees and their dependents nationwide.

“The pandemic of the last two years caused a significant toll on our collective mental health, and while our member companies — the nation’s largest employers — have responded admirably by expanding benefits to employees and their families, we need Congress’ help to ensure continued access to critical services,” said Annette Guarisco Fildes, ERIC CEO. “Today, the House of Representatives took meaningful action to deliver that help, and then some. We salute this comprehensive, bipartisan Congressional action to reauthorize key programs and address the national mental health and substance use disorder crises.”

Before the legislation passed the House by a vote 402-20, ERIC issued a letter urging Congressional Members to support H.R. 7666. It expressed appreciation for Congress’ inclusion of provisions and priorities earlier supported by the organization, including those outlined in its mental health report, “Prioritizing Employee Mental Health: Solutions for Congress”.

Policies included in the legislation ERIC supports include:

  • Integration of multiple health care disciplines through collaboration to provide patients with higher quality care.
  • Establishment of a Behavioral Health Crisis Coordinating Office to recommend best practices and offer support for health care providers assisting patients in a mental health crisis.
  • Research and evaluation of evidence-based programs within the National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory.
  • Evaluation of data collection and public reporting on mental health and substance abuse grants and programs.
  • Establishment of a Center of Excellence for eating disorders.
  • An update of policies regarding opioid treatment programs.
  • An increase in education funding for provider mental and behavioral health programs.

The legislation must now be acted upon by the U.S. Senate before it can be signed into law by the President.


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About The ERISA Industry Committee
ERIC is a national advocacy organization that exclusively represents large employers that provide health, retirement, paid leave, and other benefits to their nationwide workforces. With member companies that are leaders in every sector of the economy, ERIC advocates on the federal, state, and local levels for policies that promote flexibility and uniformity in the administration of their employee benefit plans.