Gluesenkamp Perez’s Bipartisan Bill Passes House to Help Moms Access Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Dec 12, 2023

Today, the House passed the Support for Patients and Communities Reauthorization Act to reauthorize vital community-based programs to support those facing substance use disorders.

Included in this bill was the bipartisan Protecting Moms and Infants Reauthorization Act, led by Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (WA-03) and Rep. Young Kim (CA-40) to provide resources for pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders. 

These resources include substance use disorder treatment and recovery planning, parenting training, mental health counseling, and harm reduction interventions.  

“No community has gone untouched by our nation’s worsening addiction crisis, so it’s essential we work together to get folks the care and support they need,” said Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez. “Moms face enough challenges as it is, so I’m thankful for Rep. Kim’s partnership on this bipartisan bill to ensure moms and expecting mothers have the resources necessary to sustain recovery and build bright futures for their families.”

“As a mother of four grown children who are now having families of their own, I have experienced and seen glimpses of the many maternal health challenges women face during and after pregnancy. Moms are warriors who keep our communities running and deserve our bipartisan support,” said Rep. Kim. “The Protecting Moms and Infants Reauthorization Act ensures that mothers, as well as their impacted children and family members, who struggle with substance use disorders can receive vital treatment they need for a lasting recovery. I thank Rep. Gluesenkamp Perez for working with me on this and my colleagues for joining us to support moms. I will keep fighting for maternity care solutions.” 
Full text of the legislation is available here.

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